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Yogendra Yadav, Medha Patkar stopped from entering Mandsaur

Farmers stage protest at Indore-Bhopal highway on Friday. Situation remained tense in the state after five farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur.

Farmers stage protest at Indore-Bhopal highway on Friday. Situation remained tense in the state after five farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav, social activists Medha Patkar and Swami Agnivesh, and JNUSU president Mohit Kumar Pandey were on Sunday stopped from entering Mandsaur to meet the families of the five persons killed in police firing.

The activists, around 30 in number, were stopped by the police at the Dhodhar toll plaza in the neighbouring Ratlam district. The police told them that their visit could disturb peace in Mandsaur, from where curfew was lifted yesterday.

On being detained, Mr.Yadav took to Twitter to say that he was ready to comply with Section 144.

He later tweeted that he has been taken to the Government Rest House, Jaora.

Prohibitory orders under CrPc Section 144 are in place in the district. On being stopped, the activists sat on protest on the Mhow-Neemuch Highway, disrupting traffic movement.

Farmers in the state began protests over low prices for their crops on June 1. The Mandsaur-Neemuch region, about 300 km from the state capital Bhopal, became the nerve centre of the storm of farmer distress. Later, protests spread to some other parts of the state.

The curfew was imposed in Mandsaur after five persons were killed in police firing during a farmers’ protest on June 6.

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