Madhya Pradesh farmers protest LIVE: Rahul Gandhi arrested in Neemuch :- Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur eyewitness to see a high-voltage political conflict and rift on this Thursday as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was arrested reportedly. As per various media reports, Rahul Gandhi has been arrested as he was attempting to jump a barrier to entering the town rocked by which was the cause and reasons of violating the farmer protests.
The reasons for the farmer protest were over loan waivers and better crop prices which are shaking the country these days. The police immediately surrounded Rahul Gandhi on seeing him there and took him into preventive custody.
The Congress leader, accompanied by state leaders Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath and JD (U)’s Sharad Yadav, was then put on a bus and sent to a guesthouse in Neemuch.
Rahul Gandhi arrested in Neemuch
If reports are believed to be, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who went along with by more than 100 supporters, was locked up on Thursday as he was tried to enter Mandsaur.
The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has appealed for calm on seeing that the peasants’ are going violent. He also blamed the Congress for the violence and aggression and this violence also involves the killing of five farmers in police firing which took place on the last Tuesday and making headlines constantly.
Live updates below:
3:10 pm: Families of the farmers who were killed by the MP police is desperate to meet with Rahul Gandhi and they are also waiting to meet with him but the police won’t let them to meet with Rahul.
3:05pm: “Always ready to resolve issues by talks and discussions. Anti social elements are trying to bring instability will be strictly dealt with,” stated MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
3:00pm: Curfew to be relaxed and should be go calm down for women and children from 4 pm to 6 pm in Mandsaur: sub-divisional magistrate of Mandsaur NS Rajawat.
2:16pm: Bail proceedings for Rahul Gandhi and others to started earliest.
2:15pm: Neemuch district administration has been announced Vikram Cement factory’s guest house as a jail and arrested Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Yadav, Kamal Nath, Sachin Pilot, Girija Vyas and others for breaching the peace and the prohibitory orders issued under section 144 of CrPC.
2:10pm: New protests took place in Ujjain district as farmers block national highway.
2:08pm: Rahul Gandhi arrested for violating section 144, stated an additional director general of police V Madhu Kumar.
2:04pm: Indian Youth Congress leaders organise and started ‘Rail Roko’ (stop the trains) protest at Mumbai’s Ghatkopar railway station which was started for the purpose to support of farmers’ protests in Mandsaur.
2:00pm: “He (Rahul Gandhi) behaved like a college student. He was riding a bike without wearing a helmet. He was smiling and did not look concerned over farmers’ problems,” the Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh Bhupendra Singh said.
1:55pm: Hundreds of local Congress leaders mobbed Rahul Gandhi to take a selfie post he was arrived in the Udaipur.
1:41pm: We have been fighting for farmers. Why don’t they waive farm loans, asks Digvijaya Singh?
1:40pm: Rahul Gandhi, Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh, Sharad Yadav and Sachin Pilot locked up at Vikram Cement factory’s guesthouse in Neemuch.
1:32pm: Narendra Modi has forgiven the debt of India’s richest, but why he then can’t forgive the farmers’ debt. He could only give them the bullets: Rahul Gandhi said reportedly.
1:30pm: “I wanted to meet the farmers. I have been arrested but not given any reason,” Gandhi added further.
1:29pm: “If your thought does not meet that of the RSS, you cannot enter Madhya Pradesh,” Rahul Gandhi told to media reporters.
1:15pm: Rahul Gandhi detained at Mandsaur border, put on a bus to an unknown place.
1:06pm: High voltage drama at Mandsaur border. Rahul Gandhi jumps over barricade and arrived at the district. Police team cut -off him and tries to push him back. He is there with his all around 100 supporters.
1:01pm: “Raj & MP Govts are doing their best to prevent me from entering MP & meeting the families of the #farmers killed in #Mandsaur,” tweets Rahul Gandhi.
12:58pm: Rahul Gandhi around 100 metres from the checkpost outside Mandsaur district. Party leaders Kamal Nath and others locked in a heated dispute with administration. Around 200 party workers was following and they were with them.
12:52pm: Congress leader Shobha Oza: Rahul Gandhi is heading towards Mandsaur on foot and workers are following him.
12:49pm: Give me 2 hrs, we are holding and organising a meeting. If the situation is better than we can give orders in.
1-2 hr: Om Prakash Srivastava, new Mandsaur district magistrate on curfew orders
12:46pm: Police seal all borders to Mandsaur, say won’t let Rahul Gandhi enter district
12:41pm: Sources say Rahul Gandhi has got off the motorcycle and he is walking with supporters towards a new checkpost set up by police. Fight between police and Congress workers reported.
12:39pm: Sources say Rahul Gandhi mean to visit the home of Chain Singh, one of the five farmers killed in police firing on Tuesday.
12:38pm: An additional than 11,000 rapid action force personnel arrange across the state.
12:37pm: New district magistrate of Mandsaur says he is facing a “challenging situation”. “I am trying to understand the situation,” he adds.
12:34pm: Rahul Gandhi said to be heading towards Mandsaur on a kutcha route through villages.
12:24pm: Administration and police flustered at Rahul Gandhi’s move.
12:23pm: Congress workers present in a massive numbers at Nimbaheda to greet and welcome Rahul Gandhi.
12:21pm: Nimbaheda is about 12 kilometres ahead of Neemuch, one of the main centres of violence.
12:20pm: Congress using farmer’s protest as a “photo-op”, says Venkaiah Naidu, dismisses demands for MP CM’s resignation.
12:16pm: Special protection group accompanying Congress V-P confirms Rahul Gandhi is attempting to enter Mandsaur district via Nimbaheda.
12:10pm: Rahul Gandhi changes route, now en route Mandsaur on a motorbike, as per reports, journalists accompanying him. Rapid Action Force and police leave Nayagaon checkpost to catch Congress leader.
12:07pm: FIR lodged, some people detained in connection with the mocking of Mandsaur collector.
12:05pm: More than 1,000 police personnel and paramilitary forces jawans at Nayagaon, Neemuch to prevent Rahul Gandhi’s entry.
12:00pm: A cement factory’s rest house in Neemuch to be treated as temporary jail where Rahul Gandhi perhaps will be lodged in case police arrest him, an administrative official says.
11:55am: 62 people detained in connection with farmers’ protest in Mandsaur, police officlas say.
11:53am: Curfew will be relaxed in Mandsaur in the evening, says administration.
11:40am: Madhya Pradesh BJP vice-president Vijesh Lunawat raised question on Rahul Gandhi. Tweets and asks ‘where were you when 3.25 lakh farmers committed suicide during Congress rule?’
11:37am: Two companies of RAF have been posted in Garoth area in the district, another two have been deployed along the Mwoh-Neemuch Highway to prevent any untoward incidents.
11:36am: Two companies of RAF, comprising around 100 men each, have moved into Pipliamandi in Mandsaur, the site of Tuesday’s shooting of five farmers, police said.
11:32am: Chief Secretary Madhya Pradesh BP Singh tells media, “Situation is under control in entire state”.
11:27am: Meeting among farmers in Punjab to push for loan waiver, better prices. Express support for protesting Madhya Pradesh farmers.
11:24am: “Death of the 5 farmers was due to Police firing. It has been established in probe: MP HM Bhupendra Singh Why did he mislead us ?” tweets Digvijaya Singh.
11:21am: “Congress VP had predicted that #Demonitisation would hit the farmers hard when Modi ji made the announcement,” says Congress.
11:18am: “Modi Govt’s Demonetisation first killed the farm economy and now they are killing the farmers,” says Congress.
11:05am: “This photo-op tourism will not benefit Rahul Gandhi at all,” Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tells TV news channel.
11:03am: Number of transport vehicles reduced on the Bhopal-Indore highway after violence in Dewas on Wednesday.
11:02am: JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Mohan Prakash are accompanying Rahul Gandhi.
11:00am: Prohibitory orders issued under section 144 of CrPC in Neemuch ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s visit.
10:58am: Five farmers kiled in Mandsaur due to police firing, the probe has confirmed: State home minister.
10:45am: Toll plaza vandalised in Mandsaur, Rs 8-10 lakh looted.
10:41am: Additional director general of police V Madhu Kumar and other senior police officers have reached Nayagaon with full preparation to stop Rahul Gandhi at the border.
10:40am: Heavy police force deployed in Neemuch. Two layers of barriers was there on the main road in view of Rahul Gandhi’s expected visit.
10:30am: A farmer in Maharashtra’s Nashik committed suicide on Wednesday evening. He owed money to money lenders and banks. In the last two days, four farmers have committed suicide.
10:20am: Police and CRPF have set up barricades at the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border to prevent Rahul Gandhi from entering.
10:17am: Police stop all traffic into Mandsaur at Nayagaon and Neemuch district borders.
10:15am: Two companies of RAF, comprising around 100 men each, have moved into Pipliamandi in Mandsaur.
10:01am: Rahul Gandhi lands in Udaipur, leaves for Mandsaur by road. He is expected to be met by district officials at a checkpost outside the district.
9:54am: Protests and complaint have spread to six other districts. Apart from Mandsaur, focus of violence is at Dewas where farmers have torched at least two police stations, damaged more than two dozen vehicles and ransacked shops.
9:50am: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will not be allowed to visit violence-hit Mandsaur in MP: SP, Neemuch, Manoj Kumar Singh.
9:46am: The urban parts of Mandsaur appear to be calm but anger simmers in the villages.
9:43am: State government to set up a Rs 1,000-crore Price Stabilisation Fund to purchase the farm produce at MSP. Farmers would be paid 50% of the crop sale amount in cash and the rest would be transferred in their bank account through RTGS.
9:40am: Mandsaur collector Swatantra Kumar Singh who was shifted after the violence has been posted as a deputy secretary, MP government, as per the state government order.
9:32am: District magistrates of adjoining districts of Mandsaur- Ratlam and Neemuch – also shifted as per the order of the state government. Their names are B Chandrashekhar and Rajneesh Shrivastava, respectively.
9:30am: In two days, Madhya Pradesh government will start purchase of Moong, Tur and Urad at their support prices.
9:26am: Madhya Pradesh government has announced a Rs 6,000 crore crop-loan settlement scheme that proposes surrender of interests for those cultivators who have defaulted. This is short of the complete loan waiver that farmers have demanded.
9:21am: Local administration has set up a police post outside Mandsaur, expect to intercept Rahul Gandhi when he reaches around noon.
9:20am: Police remove two dozen burnt trucks from the Mhow-Neemuch highway, open road.
9:15am: Shops are opening in violence-hit Piplya Mandi for the first time in three days. Internet ban still in place.
9:10am: Digvijaya Singh asked, “If they were anti-social elements they why compensation? What was the police record on the farmers who were martyred? Shivraj ji all were pure farmers.”
9:08am: Neemuch superintendent of police Manoj Kumar Singh and Shivpur district magistrate OP Shrivastava posted as new SP and collector of Mandsaur, as per CM secretariat.
9:06am: Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh dares CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to tender his resignation “If you are left with even iota of shame in you. You call yourself a son of a farmer but fire at unarmed farmers. Ghor kaput bete ho (you are an unworthy son).”
9.00am: District magistrate Swatantra Kumar Singh and superintendent of police OP Tripathi removed.
8.50am: Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav is also expected to visit Mandsaur.
8:47am: Bus services have been disrupted in Mandsaur after large-scale violence on Wednesday where protesters torched several vehicles.
8.40am: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi leaves from Udaipur to Mandsaur where he is expected to meet families of the five farmers killed in police firing on Tuesday.
8:25am: The local administration in Mandsaur has said no politician would be allowed to enter Mandsaur on Thursday either like Wednesday as curfew restrictions continued.
8.10am: “We have only information that Rahul Gandhi is coming. We are yet to know about the timing”, stated Chandrika Dwivedi, general secretary state Congress, talking to the Hindustan Times on Thursday morning.