Cops beat up demonstrating farmers

The growers were sore at non-availability of cotton seeds

Making a point: A woman farmer gesticulates at a police officer in Mysore on Monday, during a protest over the non-availability  of cotton seeds. DH PHOTO

The farmers, who included scores of women, sat on a dharna at K R Circle and formed a human chain to protest against the State government for failing to supply the seeds. The protesters raised slogans against the government and blocked traffic in the central business district, even as police used force to quell the mob. The farmers then walked to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and sat on a dharna for an hour to condemn the lathicharge.

The snap protest began at around 1.30 pm, when hundreds of farmers from Mysore taluk, Nanjangud, H D Kote and parts of Chamarajnagar district arrived in the city to buy the seeds.

They gathered near the seed centres on Ramavilas Road and in Shivarampet in large numbers from morning. They wanted to start sowing, following a good spell of rain in the past three to four days in the region.

However, the traders had put up ‘no stock’ boards. A few others offered to sell the seeds in the black market at higher prices. Though DCH seeds were in demand, the traders wanted the farmers to buy whatever types of seeds they offered.

“We have been coming everyday to buy the seeds for the past one week. Every time, the traders ask us to come the next day. Now, we have been asked to come on Wednesday. This is disgusting,” a farmer told Deccan Herald.

In the absence of any of their leaders, the farmers gathered on their own to stage a protest on Sayyaji Rao Road and near K R Circle.

Police used force to quell the protesters, as Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal has banned protests of any kind near K R Circle.

The farmers, who sat on a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, withdrew their protest following an assurance from the district administration to resolve the crisis within two days.

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