A PTI report from Mandsaur said Madhya Pradesh police arrested - and subsequently released - 30 activists, including Medha Patkar, Yogendra Yadav and Swami Agnivesh, in Ratlam, while they were on their way to Mandsaur to meet families of farmers killed in police firing. Mr Chouhan was on indefinite fast since Saturday to restore peace in the state.
Former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi offered Chouhan coconut water to help him break his two-day-old fast at the Dussehra Maidan here.
Making a slew of announcements before hundreds of farmers, Chouhan said a high-level probe will be ordered to establish those behind the violence in Mandsaur because "they were definitely not farmers but shaitan (devils) and haivan (beasts) who tried to defame Madhya Pradesh and they will not be spared".
However, as the Chief Minister and Agriculture Minister Gauri Shankar Bisen ruled out any loan waiver, a group of farmers started a counter-protest opposite him.
Breaking his fast after 28 hours, CM Chouhan assured the farmers that their demands will be taken into consideration and acted upon, although he did not give any statements regarding farmers' loan waivers.
"I will not end my fast till peace is restored in the state", Chouhan said last evening.
The Chief Minister would hold talks with farmers on Sunday as well.
On the same day (on June 4), a police assistant sub inspector sustained severe injuries in his one eye during the stone pelting at Ratlam. The activists, around 30 in number, were stopped by the police at the Dhodhar toll plaza in the neighbouring Ratlam district. They even asked me to put an AC, but I said that wasn't required. He also met several representatives of farmers' organisations and listened to their problems on Saturday.
After being stopped, the activists sat on protest on the Mhow-Neemuch Highway, disrupting traffic movement. "Your labour won't go waste", he said, "I know of the bumper crop production that sent the prices crashing".
The Mandsaur-Neemuch region, about 300 km from the state capital Bhopal, became the nerve centre of the storm of farmer distress.
In retaliation, the police opened fire at the farmers, leaving five dead, according to official count.