Madhya Pradesh farmers protests: Days after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and other senior Opposition leaders, Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel was today detained in Madhya Pradesh town of Neemuch, an ANI report said. He was on his way to Mandsaur where six people had lost their lives in firing incidents during farmers protest last week. He was detained to under the prevention of the commission of cognisable offences law, City Superintendent of Police Abhishek Diwan was quoted as saying by PTI. He was accompanied by Janata Dal (U) leader Akhilesh Katiyar, who was also put detained. The two were later released on bail.
Last week, while condemning the alleged police firing on farmers, Hardik Patel had told reporters that Gujarat’s Patidar community was in full support of Madhya Pradesh farmers and their stir. “Whatever happened in MP is highly condemnable. It is shocking to see that farmers, who feed the country, are getting bullets in return. This is really shameful. If needed, I am planning to visit Mandsaur on June 12,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. Hardik Patel is facing two sedition charges in Gujarat and is presidently out on bail.
Farmers from western part of Madhya Pradesh, especially Mandsaur and Dewas districts, have been protesting for a week demanding better crop prices and debt relief.
The patidar agitation leader, while taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that while the latter gets time to tweet on several issues that are happening worldwide, he is yet to tweet about the ‘firing’ on farmers in MP. “When shots are fired at farmers, I wonder how our PM could not find time to tweet that issue,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who wanted to meet families of the deceased farmers recently was taken into preventive custody at the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border, before being released. “They didn’t give any reason, just said they are arresting me. The same was done in Uttar Pradesh also,” he had said. However, he was allowed to meet them thereafter.