Farmers Protests: Rahul Gandhi Attempts To Enter Mandsaur On A Motorcycle

Protesters at Pipliya

Protesters at Pipliya

When his vehicle was stopped near the border, the Congress leader was seen jumping on to a bike in the crush of security personnel, Congress workers, journalists and policemen.

"Modi waived off loans worth Rs 150,000 crore for the richest people in India", Gandhi said, "But they can't pay the right price to farmers for their produce, they can't give compensation either".

As many as 62 persons have been detained in connection with the farmers' protest in Mandsaur's district of Madhya Pradesh. Delegation of farmers met me and handed over list of their demands. I only wanted to share their grief.Am I not a citizen of this country? "Meanwhile we also appeal to the farmer community to avoid resorting to violence and to protest in a peaceful manner".

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to implement the Swaminathan report, but it has turned out to be a lie", he added.

The Chouhan government had sought to cool the tempers by announcing certain measures, including a loan settlement scheme for those cultivators who had defaulted on repayment of farm loan borrowed by them earlier.

Apart from the loan waiver, the farmers are also demanding that they should be given Rs. 50 per litre of milk bought from them as they spend Rs. 37 per litre. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his govt was taking steps to address the issues.

To compound the already tense situation in the area, there are conflicting reports regarding the firing with Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told that the police did not shoot at the crowd while police saying otherwise. He said that the action will be taken after the inquiry against culprits.

"This is barbaric. Those who have died should get martyr status". He is trying to create a photo-op politics. "What was the need for controversy?" Om Prakash Srivastava was appointed the new collector of Mandsaur district. Gandhi was taken to a guesthouse of a cement company, where he was kept for four hours.

"Rahul Gandhi, along with around 250 Congress leaders, were under preventive arrest under under CrPC section 151".

The angry farmers later torched a police station and assaulted policemen, forcing the police to ensue curfew in the region.

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