Rahul Gandhi Detained On His Way To Violence-Hit Mandsaur

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Update: Rahul Gandhi detained by Police on his way to Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh. He has been taken into preventive custody under section 151.

Gandhi rode pillion on a motorcycle and walked some distance to reach Mandsaur from Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district.

As he made his way to the epicentre of the farmers’ protest, the local police in Madhya Pradesh made it clear that he will not be allowed to enter the district.

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter about being denied permission for entering Mandsaur.

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur on Thursday to meet the grieving families of farmers who lost their lives in the police firing. He has reached Udaipur and is expected to reach Mandsaur by road.

However, he has been denied permission. Rahul Gandhi will not be allowed to visit violence-hit Mandsaur in MP, orders SP of Neemuch, Manoj Kumar Singh on Thursday.

The Centre has hit back at Gandhi for publicizing the entire matter through his visit, and branded it as a publicity stunt. “Rahul Gandhi is going to that area where situation is very much tense. He should understand his responsibility. He should have talked about this first, but he is so fond of his publicity. That’s why he is going there.” Union Minister of Steel, Mines and Employment Narendra Singh Tomar told ANI.

Meanwhile, 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.

“People who wanted to go and express solidarity with the bereaved farmers, including Rahul Gandhi, were denied permission. Instead canards and rumours were spread that he wanted to go earlier to participate in the protest. There were never any plans, never any attempt,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said in a press briefing here.

Appealing for peace to the agitating farmers in the state, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rs. 1 crore to the kin of those killed in the violence.

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Speaking to ANI, the Chief Minister asserted that his government stands with farmers and assured that various demands have been fulfilled in the past.

The farmers’ agitation in Mandsaur district further intensified with protestors setting at least eight to ten vehicles on fire. Farmers hit the streets protesting over their demands for remunerative prices for their produce and a farm loan waiver not being met. This unfortunately took an ugly turn when five farmers were killed and eight others were injured in two separate incidents of firing in Mandsaur. The protestors alleged that police fired at them. A judicial probe has been ordered in the matter.