New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi was detained and taken into preventive custody by Police on his way to Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh Mandsaur on Thursday.
According to media reports, Rahul attempted to break the police barricades to enter Madhya Pradesh.
The party official Twitter handle INC India twitted:
Families of those farmers who were shot by the MP police have been stopped from meeting #RahulGandhi who has been detained by the police
— INC India (@INCIndia) June 8, 2017
Gandhi travelled by road on a motorcycle as his convoy was stopped near Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur, where tensions continue to escalate over the death of five farmers in the police firing.
He entered Madhya Pradesh by car from Rajasthan in a cavalcade of Congress leaders and activists.
— We For News (@WeForNews) June 8, 2017
As he entered Neemuch district, he saw a group of policemen near a toll plaza deployed to stop him. Gandhi immediately jumped onto a bike. A crowd of Congress workers, journalists and policemen could be seen chasing the bike for some distance.
A party activist drove the bike. Congress leader Sachin Pilot also took a motorcycle to accompany Gandhi.
They took a narrow lane through Chinta Khera village to reach Mandsaur to express solidarity with the families of farmers killed when the police opened fire on them on Tuesday.
Earlier, Gandhi was scheduled to visit Madhya Pradesh but the local administration has refused to give landing permission for his chopper.
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.