3 farmers end lives in 24 hrs; Scindia detained in Ratlam

3 farmers end lives in 24 hrs; Scindia detained in Ratlam

Congress’ Madhya Pradesh heavyweight Jyotiraditya Scindia and Gujarat’s Patel quota stir spearhead Hardik Patel were on Tuesday turned back by police before they could enter Mandsaur, the hub of the recent farmers’ agitation.

Three debt-ridden farmers, meanwhile, were reported to have ended their lives in the last 24 hours, including one in Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s home district Sehore. As politicians continued to make a beeline for Mandsaur, dramatic scenes unfolded at Nayagaon-Jaora toll booth in Ratlam where Scindia, his party colleague Kantilal Bhuria and a large number of supporters were detained. They were proceeding to the neighbouring Mandsaur where prohibitory orders barring assembly of more than four people are still in force.

Scindia, the suave and sophisticated face of the Congress, was seen seated atop the anti-riot ‘Vajra’ vehicle, clenching his fist and chanting slogans like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’.

A convoy of vehicles followed the Vajra van as hundreds of Congress supporters ran to keep pace.

“All rules are being torn to shreds. Dictatorship and Nazism (Hitlershahi) prevails in Madhya Pradesh,” he told media. When told by a police officer that prohibitory orders were in place in Mandsaur, Scindia said he was prepared to go there alone. “Why are you not allowing me to go there alone?” he asked the officer, before being detained.

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