Congress vice presidents, Rahul Gandhi along with barrage of senior leaders of the party were arrested in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh on Thursday for defying section 144 of Indian Penal Code. He was on way to Mandsaur, the district which witnessed violent protest by the farmer leading to clash with the police thereby compelling the police to resort to firing. Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by his party leaders Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Mohan Prakash apart from Janata Dal-United’s Sharad Yadav, an act of opposition unity, who found an opportunity to castigate PM Narendra Modi.
Congress Vice President had reached Udaipur on a chartered flight from New Delhi and tried to enter into the state from Naya Gaon in Neemuch, located about 400 km from the state capital, Bhopal where he was taken in police custody. He was to then taken to Vikram Tent House, a makeshift jail, in Nayagaon.
Rahul Gandhi had created a sort of drama, where he was followed by Congress supporter who chanted slogans in praise of Gandhi, turning into a rally. According to police Rahul entered Madhya Pradesh from Dalia village in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district, walked for close to 100 meters and was determined to meet the families of famer killed in police firing. He had also rode pillion in Nimbahed in Chittorgarh district.
The state administrations had imposed prohibitory order in the area aftermath of death of five farmers, which the Congress vice president intentionally breached, thereby compelling the authorities to formally arrest him under Section 151. Gandhi cavalcade consisted 150 vehicles and close to 2000 people.
The area is on boil since the violent farmer protest, which was allegedly instigated by elements close to oppositions; an investigation is launched in this regard. Despite prohibitory measures by the State administration farmers resorted to violence and arson in western Madhya Pradesh. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan of all possible help and have asked Chief Minister Chouhan to take “strict action” against those “spreading unrest” in Mandsaur.
Meanwhile, six companies of central forces, around 600 men, have been rushed to the violence-hit Mandsaur district beside deployment of Rapid Action Force (RAF).
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has blamed the oppositions Congress for “politicising the protests and instigating violence.”