Shivraj Singh to visit Mandsaur on Wednesday
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will visit Mandsaur on Wednesday to meet the families of farmers killed in police firing, officials said on Tuesday.
According to officials, the Chief Minister is also expected to meet the farmer leaders.
On Sunday, Chouhan ended his day-old indefinite fast which he started here for the restoration of peace in his state rocked by violence during a farmers' agitation.
The farmers in Madhya Pradesh are on strike since June 1 demanding loan waiver and remunerative prices for their produce.
At least five persons were killed in police firing in Mandsaur on June 6. Farmer leaders, however, put the number of deaths at eight. One farmer died later of injuries sustained in clashes with police.
The violence by farmers in Mandsaur had spilled over to several other districts, including the Malwa-Nimad area and even reached the state capital.
Hardik Patel detained on way to Mandsaur
Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel was detained in Neemuch on Tuesday while he was on his way to Mandsaur to meet the families of the farmers killed in police firing.
Police also used mild force to turn away Patel's supporters.
"Hardik Patel was not granted permission to visit Neemuch. He was stopped at Nayagaon barrier along the Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border," Neemuch Superintendent of Police T.K. Vidyarthi told IANS.
"His convoy included 20 vehicles and at least 150 people. Patel, along with four others, has been detained while the rest have been turned away," Vidyarthi added.
According to Patidar Navnirman Sena General Secretary Akhilesh Katiyar, Hardik left for Mandsaur from Udaipur in Rajasthan. He planned to meet the kin of the deceased farmers along with other farmer leaders.
"Hardik Patel neither sought permission to visit Mandsaur, nor was he allowed by the administration. That's why, he was not allowed to enter Mandsaur," District Magistrate O.P. Shrivastava said.
Heavy deployment of police is in place at the Nayagaon barrier along Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border. Vehicular movement has been halted as well.