New Delhi: The central government on Wednesday sent five additional battalions of paramilitary forces to Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur where fresh violence erupted as protesting farmers indulged in arson, a day after at least five farmers were killed in police firing.

Official sources said five more battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force and Rapid Acton Force have been sent to Mandsaur in addition to five battalions of paramilitary forces already present there.

They said state government had sought additional central forces.

Police had opened fire on Tuesday at a mob of farmers, leaving five dead according to official count and eight according to farmer leaders.