MP: Hardik Patel arrested on way to Mandsaur to meet farmers

The Madhya Pradesh government today appointed a single-member commission to inquire into the police firing incident in Mandsaur, in which five persons were killed on June 6.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had launched an indefinite fast here on Saturday with an appeal for peace and met farmer leaders.

Patel was arrested from Nayagaon in Neemuch to prevent the commission of cognisable offences, City Superintendent of Police Abhishek Diwan said.

On Sunday, June 11, Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav and social activists Medha Patkar and Swami Agnivesh were arrested after they tried to enter Mandsaur to meet the families of those killed. "I am an Indian citizen and have the right to go anywhere in the country".

On June 6, five farmers were killed as the agitation by peasants turned violent in Mandsaur district.

Patel, who has been trying to carve out a political space for himself in Gujarat, also criticized the Narendra Modi government and claimed 50 crore farmers have come together against the BJP.

In fact, in February, the state government in a written reply to a question asked by senior Congress MLA Ram Niwas Rawat, said as many as 287 farmers, including agriculture labourers have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh during past three months.

While two allegedly debt-ridden farmers committed suicide in Sehore and Hoshangabad district, another such death was reported from Vidisha.

Body of farmer Makhanlal Lomwanshi, 65, was found hanging in Bhairopur village under Seoni Malwa police station of the district at around 6am.

A video, which went viral, purportedly showed Khatik inciting people to set a police station ablaze.

The suicide comes days after Chouhan announced a slew of measures to end farmer woes in the state, which witnessed violent protests over loan waiver and other demands.

  • Zachary Reyes