Rahul detained by police on his way to Mandsaur

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi (PHOTO: SNS)

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was on Thursday detained by police in Madhya Pradesh and was taken into preventive custody at Neemuch border as he tried to enter the violence-hit Mandsaur to meet protesting farmers.

"I just want to meet the farmers. If your ideology is not that of the RSS, you are not allowed to enter Madhya Pradesh," Rahul Gandhi said after being detained by police.

"The didn't give any reason, just said they are arresting me. The same was done in Uttar Pradesh also," he added.

"Rajasthan and MP government are doing their best to prevent me from entering MP and meeting families of farmers killed in Mandsaur," he tweeted earlier in the day.

The Congress vice president sent his security personnel into a tizzy after he took a bike ride to reach Mandsaur. He entered Madhya Pradesh by car from Rajasthan in a cavalcade of Congress leaders and activists.

As he entered Neemuch district, he saw a group of policemen near a toll plaza deployed to stop him. Gandhi immediately switched over to a motorcycle and gave them -- as well as his own NSG personnel -- the slip.

Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh government had denied permission to Rahul to visit Mandsaur.

Farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been on strike since June 1 demanding that their loans be scrapped and their produce be bought at a fair price.

(With inputs from agencies)