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MP: Hardik Patel detained by police on the way to violence-hit Mandsaur

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 June 2017, 13:27 IST
Hardik Patel

Gujarat's Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel has been detained by police in Neemuch when he was headed to violence-hit Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh to express his solidarity with the agitating farmers on 13 June.

Hardik led a violent movement in Gujarat last year over a demand for quotas for Patidars.

Mandsaur has become the epicenter of a farmers' agitation over a demand for loan waivers and better prices for their produce.

During the agitation, six farmers were gunned down by the police, thereby drawing criticism from political parties. The situation forced the district officials to impose Section 144, and restricted prominent personalities from visiting the violence-hit district.

A number of political leaders, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, and social activists tried to visit Mandsaur but the police didn't let them enter the area.

The curfew has been lifted from Mandsaur, but prohibitory orders remain.

Meanwhile, the state government has issued a notification for the judicial probe of the Mandsaur violence. Retired Justice J. K. Jain will head the one member judicial commission.

The single member commission will probe under what circumstances the farmers were killed in the agitation.

The commission will also probe the action taken by the administration and police to control the situation was appropriate or not.

-With inputs from ANI.

First published: 13 June 2017, 13:15 IST