Ratlam, June 11: Social activist Medha Patkar, Yogendra Yadav and 30 other activists have been detained by Madhya Pradesh police officials at Dodhar, in neighbouring Ratlam district on Sunday evening, around 100 km away from Mandsaur district where six farmers died in a police firing earlier this week. Later, they were released.
According to news agency, veteran Human Rights Activist Medha Patkar along with Yogendra Yadav and Swami Agnivesh were planning to meet the family members of the victims who died in police firing in Mandsaur last week.
As Mandsaur district remains tense the government has failed to diffuse the situation there. The state intelligence officials are also keeping a close watch on the situation.
Earlier there was information that the trio activists were deatined under Section 151 of IPC at Jarora, Ratlam, however, ANI later tweeted that they were stopped by the police. Also Read – Madhya Pradesh farmers’ unrest: Shivraj Singh Chouhan ends ‘peace fast’, agrarian protest to continue
Apart from Medha Patkar, Yogendra Yadav and Swami Agnivesh, around 30 other activists were stopped by the police at the Dhodhar toll plaza in the neighbouring Ratlam district.
The cops present at the spot reportedly said that their visit could disturb peace in Mandsaur, from where curfew was lifted on Saturday but prohibitory orders under CrPc Section 144 are still in place.
After the group of activists, which also included JNU Student Union President Mohit Kumar Pandey were stopped, they chose to sit on a protest at the Mhow-Neemuch Highway, disrupting traffic movement.
Following this, the cops detained them and later some of them were arrested under CrPC section 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offence), a report said. On June 1, farmers across Madhya Pradesh began protests over low prices for their crops on June 1.
The Mandsaur district, about 300 km away from Bhopal has become the nerve centre of the storm of farmer distress and the state governed by Bharatiya Janata Party for last 13 years witnesses farmers suicide in every 5 hours.
Last week in Mandsaur, the curfew was imposed after five persons were killed in police firing during the farmers’ protest.
On the other side, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan carried out fast for peace in the state for more than 24 hours. He ended his fast today afternoon with a glass of coconut water.