Hardik Patel tries to enter violence-hit Mandsaur, arrested
- Author: Megan Austin Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 10:59
Patel has grown into an influential Patidar leader after he led a mass agitation seeking reservation for Patidars in Gujarat in 2015.
After the farmers' killing, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered a judicial probe.
Hardik Patel was later released on bail and transported out of Madhya Pradesh in a police vehicle, SP Abhishek Diwan said.
Lashing out on authorities after his arrest, Patel said, "I am not a terrorist".
The police who have so far registered 46 FIRs in the Mandsaur farmers' protest case, all of them are against the protesting farmers for committing violence and none against the policemen who opened fire, reports a private channel. "If government hesitates, 50 crore farmers of the country will revolt and we may see a change of guard", Patel told reporters, before being arrested under section 151 of CrPC.
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At least five persons were killed in police firing in Mandsaur on June 6.
Subsequently, the farmers' protest witnessed bandh and arson as the agitation spread to other districts of western Madhya Pradesh including Neemuch, Dhar, Ratlam and Jhabua.
Chouhan sat on an indefinite fast on Saturday, appealing for peace to farmers demanding loan waivers and remunerative prices for their produce.
Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel was arrested today in Madhya Pradesh's Neemuch district when he was on his way to Mandsaur to express his solidarity with the agitating farmers, six of whom were killed in police firing last week. "We have chose to implement every policy with the consent of farmers", he said before ending the fast.