Rahul Gandhi denied permission to enter Mandsaur

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday left Delhi for Mandsaur where five farmers were killed during protests earlier this week even as the local police made it clear that he would not be allowed to enter the district.

Mr. Gandhi left this morning for the district and would enter Madhya Pradesh from Rajasthan.

However, Superintendent of Police of Neemuch Manoj Kumar Singh said the Congress leader would not be allowed to enter the violence-hit district where the situation remains tense.

If the Congress leader tried to enter the district, he would be detained, the SP said.

An Rapid Action Force (RAF) contingent has been deployed in the district.
The Madhya Pradesh government has transferred Mandsaur Collector Swatantra Kumar Singh, replacing him with O.P. Srivastava.

In the meantime, the police have denied permission for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to meet the agitating farmers. “Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will not be allowed to visit violence-hit Mandsaur,” Neemuch SP Manoj Kumar Singh told PTI.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday asked Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to take “strict action” against those “spreading unrest” in Mandsaur.

Meanwhile, continuing on the warpath, farmers resorted to violence and arson in western Madhya Pradesh, despite prohibitory measures.

Mandsaur district, the epicentre of the agitation, remained on the boil and the violent protests spread to other districts like Dewas, Neemuch, Ujjain, Dhar and Khargone.

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