1. Rahul Gandhi in Mandsaur: Congress VP takes to bike and foot to reach out to those killed in Madhya Pradesh farmers protest, gets detained at MP border

Rahul Gandhi in Mandsaur: Congress VP takes to bike and foot to reach out to those killed in Madhya Pradesh farmers protest, gets detained at MP border

Rahul Gandhi in Mandsaur: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who was on his way to the violence-hit region of Mandsaur was taken into custody at the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2017 2:19 PM
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Rahul Gandhi in Mandsaur: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who was on his way to the violence-hit region of Mandsaur was taken into custody at the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border. Rahul who was clearly told by the Madhya Pradesh police that he won’t be allowed to enter the state, was detained by police on his way to Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh, reported ANI. The arrest was made just a few minutes after the Congress vice-president took to Twitter and alleged that the Rajasthan and MP governments are trying their best to prevent him from entering MP. “Raj & MP Govts are doing their best to prevent me from entering MP & meeting the families of the farmers killed in Mandsaur,” he wrote.

Gandhi was released soon after being taken into preventive custody. Thereafter, he said, “They didn’t give any reason, just said they are arresting me. The same was done in Uttar Pradesh also.” Summing up his reaction against the BJP government, he added, “They refuse to waive of farmers’ loans, provide right rates or bonus. They only give bullets.” (Na kisaano ka karza maaf karte hain, na shai rate aur bonus dete; bas goliyaan dete hain).

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In his another tweet he questioned whether it is illegal to stand in solidarity with farmers. “What law of the land says that it is illegal to stand in solidarity with farmers who were killed simply for demanding what is their right?” he wrote. Earlier in the day, MP police had said that it won’t allow Rahul to enter the state. “Gandhi reached Udaipur from Delhi in a chartered plane and left for Madhya Pradesh by road.In Nimaheda town of Chittorgarh district, he rode pillion for 5-7 km and reached close to the border. After the bike ride, he walked toward the border,” IG Udaipur Anand Srivastava told PTI.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Thursday confirmed that five farmers had lost their lives in police firing. “Earlier, there was information that police didn’t open fire at the farmers, but later, we got the information that the farmers lost their lives in police firing. The chief minister has taken all the necessary decisions in this regard,” the state home minister told ANI.

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Talking about Rahul’s visit, he said there is no need for that. “I want to know why Rahul Gandhi wants to come here when we are already tackling the situation here and have accepted all the demands of the farmers. Congress is conspiring to instigate the farmers to make the protest violent,” Singh added.

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