High drama was witnessed near deputy commissioner’s (DC’s) office as the protesters, owing allegiance to various organisations, attempted to lay siege to the office in the town on Monday.
The busy traffic on B Rachaiah Double Road came to a halt during the procession taken out by the members of Janajagruthi Samiti and the members of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), condemning the failure of the State government in curbing farmers’ suicides.
The protest march that began from the Travellers’ Bungalow was launched by Raitha Sangha Working President Chukki Nanjundaswamy, passed through the Rachaiah Double Road and culminated at the deputy commissioner’s office.
As the associations had threatened to picket the office, police had made tight security arrangements as a precautionary measure. The police prevented the protesters from entering the office premises, following which the latter continued to raise slogans against the authorities.
The protesters put forth their various demands, including waiver of farmers’ loans, 14-hour power supply to the irrigation pump sets, scientific price for the crops and others. G S Jayadev of Deenabandhu Trust, Kurubur Shanthakumar, State President of Cane Growers Association and others took part in the protest.