‘Promises to return in two days to revisit Mandsaur’
Udaipur : PAAS (Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti) convener Hardik Patel was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police in Nayagaon of Neemuch on Tuesday while the quota leader was on his way to Mansdaur to meet the family of peasants who were killed in police firing last week. The authorities detained Hardik and Janta Dal-U leader Akhilesh Katiyar , who were later released on bail and transported out of the state in police vehicles. They were driven back to Rajasthan border at Nimbahera. The cops had similarly detained Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and his men on June 8 while the former had tried to sneak through the borders. On tuesday, both the state police forces had sealed the Mahu-Naseerabad highway and additional personnel including that of central reserve police force and special armed forces had been deployed to prevent any untoward incident.
“ The ShivRaj government has committed a grave mistake by killing farmers and they will have to pay a heavy price for it. They deterred me this time but I will come back again in two days and go to village-to-village to take stock of the situation there” Hardik told Udaipur Kiran after reaching back Udaipur in the afternoon. The PAAS leaders had even plans to go to Indore via Banswara in order to reach Mandsaur, however, when the caravan arrived at Keer-ki-Chowki, Udaipur police stopped him claiming that due to curfew in Ratlam, he couldn’t be allowed to proceed further.
Mocking out at the authorities, Hardik said “ We resigned this time because we did not want to disrupt the law and order. The BJP led governments both in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are apprehensive and hence they had made all the efforts so that I could by no means meet the aggrieved family members of the farmers. I am not a terrorist and every Indian citizen has the right to go anywhere. I have not come from Lahore but Gujarat, still they fear us like anything”. Speaking on the government atrocities Hardik said farmer community across many states are fed up with the BJP rule and that 50 crore farmers have risen against the saffron party.