Indore/Bhopal: A day before sitting on a protest in Bhopal in support of the agitating farmers, senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia was arrested by the Police near the toll-barrier at Jaora today when he was on his way, along with a number of Congress leaders and supporters, to violence-hit Mandsaur in western Madhya Pradesh to meet families of those killed in Police firing at Pipalia Mandi on 6 June.
Scindia left for Mandsaur by road Tuesday morning and addressed several roadside meetings. At Jaora, there was heavy deployment of police, including the rapid Action Force (RAF), which was used to prevent Scindia from entering Mandsaur. He was arrested under Section 151 of CrPC and later released. Among those arrested along with him were former Union Minister Kantilal Bhuria and former state minister Mahendra Singh Kalukheda.
Scindia took a jibe at Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan by asking: “Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said he would not end his fast till peace was restored in Madhya Pradesh. If he ended his fast on peace then why prohibitory orders were still in force under section 144 of CrPC?”
The Congress is starting a 72-hour Satyagraha (protest movement) for the cause of the farmers from TT Nagra’s Dussehra Maidan in the State capital on June 14. It will end at Khalghat in Khargone district on 17 June with a ‘Vishal Kisan Mahapanchayat’.
Many senior Congess leaders, including Scindia, former Union Ministers Suresh Pachauri, Kantilal Bhuria, State Congress President Arun Yadav, Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh and Rajya Sabha Member Vivek Tankha will be joining the Satyagrah at Khargone.
The State Congress president took stock of the arrangements by reaching the place of Satyagraha movement along with his colleagues today.