20 farmers booked for locking DC office gate

20 farmers booked for locking DC office gate

BELAGAVI: City police on Tuesday booked 20 farmers including farmer leader Basavaraj Malali under Section 506 of IPC, for preventing government officers from discharging their duty.

Hundreds of sugarcane farmers under the flagship of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangh and Hasiru Sene gheraoed the DC’s office and locked the main gate of the office for over four hours on Monday, demanding release of arrears due to farmers by various sugar factories.

Speaking to TOI, farmer leader Basavaraj Malali welcomed the police move to register cases against the farmers, saying that such acts will help intensify the protest against anti-farmer government policies.

On the other hand, unhappy with police security accorded to them and which allowed the farmers to lock the gate, deputy commissioner N Jayaram has written to the government alleging poor security.

District minister Satish Jarkiholi said that legal action will be initiated against anybody who violates the law of the land. Commenting on non-payment of sugarcane bills to farmers, he said private sugar factories have conveyed to the government their inability to clear the dues due to the fall in sugar prices in the international market. CM Siddaramaiah will take decision on the issue, the minister added.



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