Politics Over Farmers’ Death In MP, Rahul Detained At Border

Senior Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Digvijay Singh, Kamalnath and Sachin Pilot along with JD-U leader Sharad Yadav have been prevented from meeting the members of the families of the five farmers who were killed in police firing on Tuesday at Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh.

Bhopal: While the farmers’ crisis is deepening, political parties are trying to gain brownie points out of the situation. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi who was on his way to violence-hit Mandsaur was detained by police. The Congress leader who was on his way to meet the grieving families of farmers who lost their lives in the police firing was taken into preventive custody by the local authorities and rushed to an  undisclosed location.

Senior leaders including Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath, Sharad Yadav were also stopped by the MP police from entering Neemuch, while Rajasthan Congress unit chief Sachin Pilot was also detained.

Speaking to reporters, Rahul said, ”Farmers have been killed, I want to go there; PM has waived off a loan of ₹1.5 lakh crore for rich but can’t waive off a loan for farmers. They didn’t give any reason, just said they are arresting me. The same was done in Uttar Pradesh also.”

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Thursday accepted that five farmers were killed in firing by police in the Mandsaur. He admitted that it has been established in the probe, said a news agency. He earlier denied that farmers died due to police firing.

The city SP OP Tripathi said that around 62 people were detained in connection with recent violence in Mandsaur.

After the incident, Shivraj Singh government on Thursday transferred the Collector and SP of Mandsaur district in the wake of farmers’ killing in police firing.  A contingent of Rapid Action Force (RAF) was deployed in the district.

The Neemuch SP Manoj Kumar Singh stated prior to Rahul Gandhi reaching there by road, said that he will not be allowed to visit farmers in Mandsaur.

Amid Rahul Gandhi’s scheduled visit, the agitating farmers today intensified their protest in Mandsaur with reports claiming that one toll plaza was vandalised and ₹10 lakh were looted in stray incidents of violence in the district.

The Congress leader’s visit comes a day after the Centre ordered a judicial inquiry into the Mandsaur police firing incident in which five agitating farmers lost their lives.  Rahul had openly slammed the Centre over the killing of farmers in the protest on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Centre attacked Rahul’s visit saying that it is a publicity stunt.

But, the Congress has rebuffed reports of Gandhi participating in the ongoing farmers protest in Mandsaur, saying such a plan was never on the card for the party.

Demanding the presence of Chouhan, the protesting farmers, earlier in the day got into a scuffle with the Collector and Superintendent of Police of Mandsaur district over delaying their visit to the area.

Farmers hit the streets protesting over their demands for remunerative prices for their produce and a farm loan waiver not being met.

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