Indian police briefly detain Rahul Gandhi

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was at the centre of high drama on Thursday as he rode a auto, hopped on to a bike, ran on rail tracks and walked through fields to reach Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh to meet the family members of five farmers killed in police firing on Tuesday.

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday used every trick in the book to reach Mandsaur, but the police were determined to foil his march. One more farmer died on June 8 with villagers alleging that he was beaten up in police custody.

"Madhya Pradesh farmers are holding a peaceful protest to seek redressal of their demands, but police used bullets to silence their voice", Maken said at a public meeting held to protest against the killing of five Madhya Pradesh farmers. "Firstly, the BJP should understand that the Congress is not instigating this act of violence, but the farmers have not been getting their price from the Government, which the Centre should look into", Chacko told ANI.

The next day, he called a press conference and announced a 10 billion-rupee price stabilisation fund in a bid to counteract a precipitous fall in vegetable prices this year.

Gandhi entered Madhya Pradesh by auto from Rajasthan in a cavalcade of Congress leaders and activists.

He had also said that the agitation had turned "anarchic", and appealed to farmers to come to Dussehra Maidan and have a dialogue with him.

Another BJP leader and member of parliament Meenakshi Lekhi said that the BJP always stood by the farmers while the opposition has never done anything apart from cribbing about the situation.

Gandhi, also accompanied by senior party leaders Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath and Janata Dal-United's Sharad Yadav, took the opportunity to hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Other states and farmers' organisations have been demanding a similar waiver.

On Friday, the chief minister said, "I am not emotionless".

Meanwhile, a video also surfaced wherein a Congress MLA from Madhya Pradesh was caught on camera purportedly inciting party workers and farmers to burn down a police station.

The violence then spread to the districts of Neemuch, Indore, Khargone, Ujjain, Sehore, Raisen and Harda.

There are 25 percent farmers across MP who have failed to repay their loans, he said. We are in touch with the administrations of the five districts to keep tabs on the on-ground situation.

Those protesting felt betrayed by the BJP government which had promised certain benefits to farmers during the 2014 national election, said Gaur.

Farmers in the state began protests over low prices for their crops on 1 June.

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