Indian police shoot five protestors dead as farming unrest escalates

Police patrol the Mhow-Neemuch highway during protests in Mandsaur, June 7, 2017.

Story highlights

  • Over 1,000 paramilitary troops have been sent to Madhya Pradesh to quell protests
  • The state's Home Minister admitted "five people died from police bullets" on Tuesday

New Delhi (CNN)Violence has spread across the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, after police opened fire on crowds of protestors Tuesday killing five.

Over 1,000 paramilitary troops have been sent to the state in a bid to quell the unrest, which has seen buses torched and buildings set ablaze.
The outbreak of discontent began over a week ago in the district of Mandsaur, as farmers -- frustrated with the state's current agricultural policies -- took to the streets to demand higher crop prices and a waiver on existing bank loans.
    The drought-ridden state is one of several in India to have suffered from back-to-back crop failures in recent years.