Mandsaur: A scene after violent clashes between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district of MP on Tuesday. At least five farmers were killed and four others injured in firing by police on farmers, who have been protesting for a week demanding loan waiver and fair price for their produce. (PTI Photo)

An Indian minister has confirmed that police firing killed five protesting farmers in the central state of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.

State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh had earlier blamed some “anti-social elements” for the deaths.

But on Thursday he said an inquiry had established that police had opened fire on the protesters.

The farmers in Mandsaur were demanding loan waivers and better prices for their produce.

Mr Singh said he “amended” his previous statement on the deaths after getting the “right information”.

“Initially, the details provided to me were that police firing did not cause the death of farmers. However, I later amended my statement as soon as I received the right information,” he said.

Meanwhile, a curfew remained in force in Mandsaur as farmers refused to end their protest. Other parts of the state have also witnessed similar protests.

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SOURCE: BBC News

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