Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Adding fuel to the fire, Congress MLA Shakuntala Khatik was caught on camera asking people to set a police station on fire – with a senior cop standing right next to her pleading for her to stop. In a video that is going viral on social media, the Kerera MLA can be seen telling people, “thane mein aag laga do, aag laga do (set the police station on fire),” while a policeman can be seen requesting her to leave. However, FinancialExpress.com cannot verify the authenticity of the video. Talking to Times Now, however, Shakuntala dismissed these charges by saying that police misbehaved with her. She alleged that these are false allegations and water cannons were used on her.
Meanwhile, another video that went viral on Thursday had Congress MLA Jeetu Patwari indulging in an altercation with sub-divisional magistrate Sandeep Soni in Indore. In this video, Soni can be heard telling Patwari that he had promised him a peaceful protest. “Will you now take responsibility for the violence flaring up,” Soni could be seen asking Patwari in the video.
Watch the incident here:
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Ever since the situation worsened in Mandsaur on Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party has maintained that some people have tried to instigate the agitation. “We know some Congress leaders circulated WhatsApp messages, pamphlets and addressed mobs to instigate them. Law will take its course (in this case),” Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said while talking to India Today.
“Where was Rahul Gandhi for six days when farmers were sitting on dharna? He is trying to gain political mileage on this issue by coming here,” said Bhupendra Singh while questioning Congress VP’s Mandsaur visit.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also hinted at the same while speaking at an event in Mumbai on Thursday. “I feel there is no need of security forces when it comes to farmers’ protest. But as per the available information, there are some forces instigating the agitation (in MP). As the state government has ordered an enquiry into the matter, we should wait for its findings,” he had said.