Bhopal, June 13, 2017: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday was arrested by police under section 151 when he tried to visit the violence-hit district of Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh.
Scindia, MP from Guna, and his supporters were earlier stopped at Dhodar by the police.
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According to reports, Scindia has alleged that there is Hitler rule in Madhya Pradesh and the farmers’ deaths were a blot on the government, hence the BJP had no right to stay in power.
Scindia was supposed to sit on a 72-hour dharna in Bhopal from Wednesday to protest against violence against Mandsaur farmers. This was scheduled after his visit to the farmers’ families in Mandsaur on Tuesday.
Earlier today, Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel was arrested just as he entered Madhya Pradesh on his way to Mandsaur to meet families of the farmers killed in police firing. He was later released.
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.