Hardik Patel arrested on way to meet farmers in Mandsaur

"I am not a terrorist. I have not come from Lahore. I am an Indian citizen and have the right to go anywhere in the country, " Hardik Patel said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 13, 2017 12:47 pm
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Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel was arrested on Tuesday on his way to violence-hit Mandsaur to meet with the kin of farmers who were killed in police firing last week. Patel was picked by the police from Nayagaon in Neemuch along with Janata Dal (U) leader Akhilesh Katiyar who was also placed under arrest.

Speaking to news agency PTI, City Superintendent of Police Abhishek Diwan said Patel was arrested to prevent commission of cognizable offences. He added the two leaders were later released on bail and transported out of the state in police vehicles. After his release, Patel lashed out on authorities saying as an Indian citizen he had the right to go anywhere. “I am not a terrorist. I have not come from Lahore. I am an Indian citizen and have the right to go anywhere in the country, ” he said. He criticised the BJP-led NDA government and said 50 crore farmers have risen against the saffron party.

The farmers’ groups launched a protest in the state on June 1, seeking waiver of loans and higher prices of seeds among several other demands. The protests took an ugly turn after six farmers were killed in police firing on June 6 in Mandsaur, leading to pitched clashes between police and protesters who resorted to violence and vandalism. Just last week, the police had arrested Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on his way to Mandsaur to meet with the relatives of the farmers who were killed.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sat on an indefinite fast on Saturday, appealing for peace in the state. He ended his fast a day later, saying peace has returned to the state. He also said those responsible for the deaths of farmers in Mandsaur will be brought to book.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Sourav
    Jun 14, 2017 at 12:03 am
    And yet u r determined to tear this nation until it's fall apart.. I'm ashamed that my father's being paying taxes for u all this years
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    MeMumbaikar
    Jun 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sat on an indefinite fast on Sa ay, appea for peace in the state. He ended his fast a day later, saying peace has returned to the state.
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    Joseph R Stephen
    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    Modi and BJP should be given the same dictator medicines UPA s mistake to let BJP grow
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    Timir Nandi
    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:56 pm
    Actually B J P is afraid of their own activity, that's why they are doing all these nuisance. Just follow Amit Shah statement about Mahatma hi . Surprisingly they( B J P) are not repented for the word. Fact is, learned people can not accept BJP by hart.
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    ARUN HEBBARE
    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:24 pm
    That's a nice way to reiterate that stan is a storehouse of terrorists. Keep it up Patel
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    l s
    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    An ordinary citizen has the right to go anywhere in the country. But you are not an ordinary citizen. You are a greedy politician in waiting. Where ever you go, trouble is created. The correct place for you is in jail for at least 5 years, till you set right yourself. Jail and no other place.
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    Prabhat Sharma
    Jun 13, 2017 at 1:42 pm
    भैया HAR , कृपा करिये और एक भोली भाली शांत जगह को वैसे ही रहने दीजिये. आपने शांत गुजरात में आग ज्वलंत मुद्दे उठाये बहुत बढ़िया किया ये आपका और गुजरातियों का आपस का मा ा मान लेते हैं. और भी बहुत खूबसूरत जगह बची हैं विश्व में वहा पधारिये मध्य प्रदेश को छोड़ दीजिये काफी गिद्ध/लकड़बग्घे वैसे ही मंडरा रहे हैं या आलरेडी विचरण कर रहे हैं.
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    countk99
    Jun 13, 2017 at 1:26 pm
    vultures will be active now.
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