A day after Congress delegation headed by party Vice President Rahul Gandhi attempted to visit the grieving families of Mandsaur farmers, Aam Aadmi Party is headed to the Madhya Pradesh district.
Like the Congress delegation, AAP members are also likely to be stopped from entering the sensitive district.
Gandhi was detained on Thursday for a few hours and not allowed to meet the protesting farmers.
No outsiders including AAP leaders will be allowed to enter the district during the curfew relaxation period today, the police said.
Addressing a joint press conference along with the collector, SP Manoj Kumar Singh said prohibitory orders are in place in the entire district and entry of outsiders restricted.
AAP leaders including Bhagwat Mann, Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh are planning to visit the district that was hit by farmers’ agitation after five were shot dead in police firing.
The SP said the AAP leaders will be arrested if they try to enter the district.
So far 156 persons have been arrested in connection with cases of arson and vandalism.
“We are with the farmers but will take action against those who resort to violence. Anti-social elements were involved in violence,” said SP Manoj Kumar Singh.
Collector OP Srivastava said the situation had improved since Wednesday and no untoward incident had been reported. On Wednesday, two days after the farmer deaths, the protesting farmers defied prohibitory orders, beat up officials and policemen, and resorted to violence and arson.
The administration is making a report on the number of vehicles and shops burnt down during the agitation and compensation will be given after thorough checks.
Mandsaur, the epicentre of the agitation, has remained relatively peaceful even as farmer protests have spilled over to new areas of Madhya Pradesh.
Incidents of arson were reported from Shajapur and Dhar districts in western part of the state yesterday as the agitation for loan waiver and better crop price continued.
Police fired teargas and lathicharged a stone-pelting mob near the local market in Shajapur on Thursday. Following the incident, prohibitory orders were imposed in Shajapur town under Section 144 of the CrPC. The agitation has also spread to Chhindwara district in Mahakoshal region of the state.
The Centre had rushed 1,100 personnel of the RAF to the violence-hit state. Contingents of the CRPF have also been deployed to keep the violence in check.
To bring back normalcy, the Chief Minister had made a fresh attempt to reach out to the agitating farmers, saying the state government was open for a dialogue to iron out the differences and once again appealed them to maintain peace.
Farmers have been protesting since June 1 demanding a higher minimum support price (MSP) for their produce among other issues.
(With inputs from PTI)