MP farmers’ protests: Rahul Gandhi arrested in Mandsaur, says PM Modi only cares for the rich

Rahul Gandhi arrested in Mandsaur: Rahul, who wanted to visit the families of the Madhya Pradesh farmers killed by police, said he wasn't given a reason for him being arrested.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2017 8:28 pm
Rahul Gandhi, Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh farmer protest, Congress Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on his way to Mandsaur. (Source: Twitter/@INCIndia)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police en route violence-hit Mandsaur on Thursday under section 151 of the CrPC (preventive arrest). Speaking to the media, he said he wasn’t given a reason for being arrested, and that the same was done to him in Uttar Pradesh as well. Earlier in the day, the police had maintained that they would not permit Gandhi to visit the district. The Congress leader reached Udaipur, Rajasthan, before leaving for MP by road. In Nimaheda town, in Chittorgarh district, he rode pillion for nearly 7 kilometres to reach the MP border. From there, he walked to the border, where he was taken into preventive custody.

Na kisaano ka karza maaf karte hain, na bonus dete; bas goliyaan dete hain (They don’t waive off farmers’ loan. Neither do they give any bonuses. Bullets are what all they give),” Gandhi said. “Narendra Modi can waive loans of the country’s rich but can’t do so for farmers.” He reiterated he wanted to  visit the district to meet the families of the five farmers killed by police firing on Tuesday. Read LIVE updates on the Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest here.

Prior to his arrest, Gandhi took to Twitter saying, “Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governmenet are doing their best to prevent me from entering MP and meeting the families of the farmers killed in Mandsaur. 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?”

Later, Gandhi said he spoke to the families of the deceased farmers on the phone and expressed condolences.

Gandhi was accompanied by Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Sachin Pilot and party leaders Digvijay Singh, Girija Vyas and Kamalnath. Visuals, however, show him riding pillion towards Mandsaur.

Read: Congress using farmers’ protest as photo op, says Venkaiah Naidu. Click here.

Digvijay Singh, speaking to reporters at Neemuch border, targeted the central government saying it is working ‘foolishly’. He demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who was with Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh requested police personnel to allow them to meet the farmers’ kin. “We are just five people, allow us to go. We are here to meet those injured in the protests and meet the families of the dead,” Yadav said. Digvijay Singh added: “How can you stop three people citing Section 144?”

(With inputs from agencies)

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