MP farmers’ stir: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia arrested during protest
Police arrested Congress leader MP Guna Jyotiraditya Scindia and MP-Jhabua Ratlam, Kantilal Bhuria Tuesday afternoon for defying prohibitive orders in Ratlam on the day two other indebted farmers died in Madhya Pradesh.
After their arrest, the leaders were taken in a Vajra vehicle to the city of Jaora from the toll place where they were arrested and are about 15-20 kilometers away.
Previously, Scindia with Bhuria organized a sit-in at the toll place in the Ratlam district in the afternoon to drop their protest, while police did not allow him to move to Mandsaur – the heart of agitated farmers.
Many members of Congress have joined Scindia in spite of repeated news from the district administration asking them to disperse gradually as prohibition orders were in effect in the district.
Scindia left Indore tomorrow for Mandsaur where he wanted to meet family members of five farmers were killed in a police shooting and the family of another farmer who died of the wounds he had received in a police lathi charge.
The head of Congress gave a boost to Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and ridiculed for his fast.
“Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that he would not end his life until peace was restored in Madhya Pradesh. If the back to restored peace in the state has ended, why prohibitive ordinances under section 144 of the Code of Conduct? Criminal Procedure, “he asked to speak with the media.
“If peace is not still there, as indicated in Article 144, prohibition orders suggest when it was a quick drama,” he wondered.
Scindia said he would not go against prohibitive orders. That’s why I wanted to go it alone. But the administration has participated in hitlershahi. “They have a problem if I want to, but they have no problem if the CM goes there (Mandsaur) tomorrow,” he added.
In view of the traffic on the national road, Scindia left the road and settled in an agricultural field to continue his dharna, to avoid the annoyance for the people who travel by road before being stopped.
Prohibition orders are in force in the adjacent Mandsaur and Neemuch districts and in Ratlam. No political leader is allowed to visit Mandsaur. Last week, Congressional Vice President Rahul Gandhi was arrested in Nayagaon in Neemuch and could not be placed in Mandsaur.
Scindia, who also met with members of farm families who have been injured in clashes in Mandsaur and are admitted to a hospital in Indore, announced that he would observe a 72-hour Satyagrah Bhopal early Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, even as the government struggled to contain the agrarian crisis, a 68-year-old farmer was hanged from a tree on his farm in the Hoshangabad district, police said.
Makhan Lal had taken a loan of Rs 7 lakh from local lenders and sold about 7 acres over the past two years to pay increasing interest.
“My father was very depressed about the loan repayment,” said his son Rakesh Lohwanshi.
Another hardened farmer debt of the Vidisha district, Hari Singh Jatav, died during treatment in Bhopal after taking pills to end his life there a few days ago, police said. Further details are expected.
The government refuses to acknowledge that the debt would have forced farmers to commit suicide.
In July 2016, Interior Minister Bhupendra Singh was awarded ghosts, not a loss of harvest or debt as a reason for the farmers’ death. His written response was in response to a question during the monsoon session of the state assembly.
But even if the government tries to contain the damage from the hustle and bustle of farmers, it plans another potential source of problems with state arms dealers moment, against the government’s decision to treat agricultural products below minimum lift price ( MSP) to farmers as a crime.
In protest against the government’s move, traders refused to buy farmers’ products at the border in several districts such as Sehore, Shajapur, Shivpuri, Narsinghpur, deepening the agricultural crisis.