Bhopal, June 13, 2017: Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel was detained by police just as he entered Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday on his way to Mandsaur to meet families of the farmers killed in police firing. He was later released.
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Hardik Patel and four aides, who were also arrested, were then taken to the Rajasthan side of the border.
“Hardik Patel was stopped at the Nayagaon barrier,” Neemuch Superintendent of Police T.K. Vidyarthi told media.
“His convoy included 20 vehicles and at least 150 people. Patel and four others were detained while the rest were turned away,” Vidyarthi added.
He arrived in Udaipur from Gujarat by road on Monday and said that he would leave for Mandsaur with his supporters on Tuesday.
“I will do my work and police and administration will do their job,” he told reporters when asked what if the police will prevent him from going to Mandsaur.
While Hardik Patel along with his supporters was restricted from entering Mandsaur district by local administration and police, close aides told the media that no one can stop them from meeting their farmer brothers in MP.
Hardik Patel also planned to hold a meeting of farmers first in Udaipur, after which he will travel to MP to meet Patidar farmers and kin of the deceased.
On June 8, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi was also detained and taken into preventive custody by Police on his way to Neemuch in Mandsaur.
Farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been on strike since June 1 demanding that their loans be scrapped and their produce be bought at a fair price.
However, on Tuesday Police had opened fire at a mob of farmers, leaving five dead according to official count and eight according to farmer leaders.