Bhopal: Police detain, then release, farm activists at three separate places

BHOPAL: The police detained farm activists, such as Shiv Kumar ëKakkajií and Medha Patkar, besides others to quell the farmersí protest organized under the banner of the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha in the state capital on Saturday. It briefly detained farmer activists at three separate places, only to release them later.

Bhopal: Police detain, then release, farm activists at three separate places

The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha had called a nationwide ëKheti Bachao, Loktantra Bachaoí march. To participate in the march, social activists and farmer leaders from across the state had gathered in the state capital and were trying to march towards Governorís House when they were detained.

Farmer leader Shiv Kumar ëKakkajií was not allowed to move out of his home (the police refrained from calling it ëhouse arrestí) in the morning. However, he was later allowed to go to Raj Bhavan to submit a memorandum.

Another team of farm activists was detained at Neelam Park and not allowed to move out of the park.

Medha Patkar, Dr Sunilam and others were put under ëhouse arrestí at Gandhi Bhavan and were not given permission to go to Governorís House to submit the protest memorandum demanding repeal of the farm laws.

Later, in the afternoon, the police said Medha Patkar was to free to go to Raj Bhavan. However, she and her team refused to go to out demanding ëreleaseí of the other activists being detained at Neelam Park.

Speaking to journalists, Medha Patkar said all the activists and farmer leaders wanted to submit a memorandum to the Governor. "There's an emergency-like situation in Madhya Pradesh. But the government isnít ready to listen to the pleas of the people," she said.

Around five dozen farm activists detained at Neelam Park were then released, after which Badal Saroj, Medha Patkar and three others were allowed to go to Governorís House to submit the memorandum. However, they were not allowed to enter Governorís House and the Raj Bhavan staff present at the gate requested them to hand it over at the spot. But the farm activists refused to comply and later mailed it to the Governor and the President.

Badal Saroj said that the government did not want any kind of protest. They were using the state machinery to prevent the holding of peaceful protests pressing the repeal of farm laws.

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