Parents of Abhishek Patidar, who died last year, said the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of the area called their other son and "asked who among us will meet Rahul Gandhi". "When my son told him that his parents are going, the SDM said ask them to not meet Rahul Gandhi," they said.
Abhishek Patidar's brother has been given a job by the state government as part of the compensation package. But the families say the officer responsible is yet to be punished. Jagdish Patidar alleged that the Criminal Investigation Department was closely tracking the family's movement.
Abhishek Patidar's mother Mamata Patidar said the family is being threatened. "We are scared as the CM has given a job to my son... He (the sub-divisional magistrate) has no right to stop us from meeting anyone. How can he threaten us? Now nothing bad should happen to him (our son). We can't even sleep in peace".
On the first anniversary of the protests, the Mandsaur farmers, have been forced to sign a bond saying they will maintain peace. The administration had sought the guarantee in view of their plans to mark the event with a "Gaon bandh" - a 10-day protest starting July 1, during which no produce will be sold.
Today, ahead of Rahul Gandhi's visit, the BJP hit back. Hashtag #GoBackRahul trended on Twitter and a tweet from the party handle read:
If there is one equivalent of 'Jaliahwalah Bagh massacre' in independent India, it is 'Multai firing' in Madhya Pradesh in 1998 in which 24 innocent farmers were killed under the patronage of then CM Digvijay Singh. Talk of state-sponsored terrorism against farmers? Watch this. pic.twitter.com/xJY4rk980h— BJP (@BJP4India) June 6, 2018
Insisting the family has no interest in politics, Mamata Patidar said, "Why will the administration stop us, we are just farmers".
Recalling how Rahul Gandhi had tried to meet the dead farmers' families last year, but was stopped by the police, she said, "Now he is coming again, he has invited us and we want to meet him. When he wanted to come and meet us, he wasn't allowed. And now they are stopping us... So today, for sure, we will go."
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