MP govt sanctions financial aid to kin of farmers killed in

Posted June 14, 2017

Gujarat's Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, who was detained by the police when he was heading to Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh to meet family members of those killed in the police firing during a farmers' agitation, has been released.

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia being arrested while trying to make his way to Mandsaur to meet the deceased farmers' kins, at Dodhar toll plaza on Tuesday.

A day before holding a Satyagraha in Bhopal in support of farmers, Scindia led a rally from Indore towards Mandsaur and held public meetings on the way.

Farmers' protests that started in the state on June 1, for better prices for their produce and debt relief, turned violent on June 6 when six farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur.

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Patel was arrested to prevent "commission of cognisable offences", City Superintendent of Police Abhishek Diwan said.

Lashing out on authorities after his arrest, Hardik Patel said, "I am not a terrorist". Mandsaur is still under Section 144 where assembly is prohibited.

He said that farmers' deaths were a blot on the government and that the BJP had no right to stay in power. Both the Congress leaders were taken in a Vajra vehicle to Jaora town, where they were formally arrested by the police.

In a related development, Congress MLA Shakuntala Khatik was booked for allegedly inciting people to set ablaze a police station, amid violent protests by farmers last week.

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Political leaders and social activists have continued to make futile attempts to visit Mandsaur despite peace having returned there.

Mumbai (Maharashtra), June 13: Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil on Tuesday stated that the State Government on Tuesday made a decision to give Rs.10, 000 to farmers owning less than five acres of agricultural land for purchase of seeds.

A 26-year-old farmer had died in Badavan village of Mandsaur district.

Karera's Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Anurag Sujania said the FIR was registered against Khatik, block Congress president Venus Goyal and others early on Tuesday. "Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said he would not end his fast till peace was restored in Madhya Pradesh".

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