[As police tried to stop the Congress Vice President, he dramatically swapped his car for a bike, defying police barricades. (Photo:@INCIndia)]
Bhopal: Congress Vice-President was on Thursday detained by police before he could enter Madhya Pradesh for a visit to Mandsaur, the epicenter of violent farmer protests that have escalated over the death of five in police firing on Tuesday.
As police tried to stop the Congress Vice President, he dramatically swapped his car for a bike, defying police barricades, and finally set out on foot before he was detained and taken to a makeshift jail.
"They did not give any reason. Just detained me", Rahul Gandhi said in a message posted on Twitter.
"I just wanted to the families of the farmers who were killed in the police firing", he said.
"What law of the land says that it is illegal to stand in solidarity with farmers who were killed simply for demanding what is their right?" he asked in another tweet.
"Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments are doing their best to prevent me from entering the state meeting the families of the #farmers killed in #Mandsaur", he said.
The ongoing farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh took a violent turn on Tuesday when five protesters were killed in firing on Mandsaur-Neemuch highway some 325 kms from the state capital Bhopal, according to media reports.
To compound the already tense situation in the area, there are conflicting reports regarding the firing with Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told that the police did not shoot at the crowd while police saying otherwise.
"There was no firing by the police," he said while talking to NDTV, adding that an investigation has been launched.
Singh also praised the police for showing remarkable resilience despite the attempts to intensify the stir in the last 5-6 days.
Two days later the government however admitted that the farmers were shot at by the police.
"It was investigated and proved that the death of farmers happened because of police firing. Initially, the details provided to me were that police firing did not cause it. I later amended my statement after receiving the correct information", Home Minister Bhupendra Singh who was at the forefront to deny police firing said today.