Sewage Farm stir: Ramdas, 26 others held for obstructing officials

Sewage Farm stir: Ramdas, 26 others held for obstructing officials

The police, on Friday, arrested former minister S A Ramdas and 27 others, including 10 women, who were on an indefinite protest 'Fight for clean air' since Thursday.

People and members of various organisations are protesting against the excess dumping of solid waste on the Sewage Farm in Vidyaranyapuram, in the city, where the zero waste management unit has a capacity to process only 150 tonne. They have been protesting against the entry of excess waste into the Excel Solid Waste Management Plant of the Sewage Farm.

"The dumping of excess waste is causing health hazards to the people in the surrounding areas," they said.

The agitators gathered at the entrance of the Sewage Farm around 8 am and squatted on the road to block the way for the garbage trucks coming from various parts of the city.

Even though Mysuru City Corporation Commissioner G Jagadeesha tried to convince the agitators to give way for the trucks, they did not budge. When the police personnel intervened, a verbal spat broke out between Ramdas and them. The police took Ramdas and the protesters into custody, saying that they are obstructing the government officials.

Even as the agitators from Nachanahalli Palya and J P Nagar were arrested, others continued the protest.

The arrested were confined on the City Armed Reserve Police Grounds from 10 am to 5.15 pm and released in the evening. A case has been filed at Vidyaranyapuram police station. As Ramdas is on a hunger strike since two days, he was subject to medical checkup.

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