Bhubaneswar, April 10 (LocalWire): Hundreds of farmers from across the state under the aegis of Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan today scuffled with the police while demonstrating in front of the office of the Chief Electoral Officer. Police took around 50 protestors in preventive custody.
The farmer’s body demanded the CEO not include farmers in the election process as the government has turned a blind eye towards their plights and demands.
‘We have been demanding price, prestige and pension for the farmers for the last five years. But the government never paid any heed.
So, vote has no meaning for the farmers. We urge all farmers in the state to boycott the polls,’ said coordinator of NNKS, Akshay Kumar. The first phase of polls in the state will be conducted on Thursday.
The NNKS has been demanding Rs 21,600 crore to fulfil the demand of Rs 5,000 monthly pension for farmers calculated for the last 20 years.
The organization has also been demanding increase in minimum support price of paddy to Rs 3000 per quintal instead of the current MSP of Rs 1750.
The farmers alleged police of manhandling them. ‘We wanted to meet the CEO to submit a memorandum but the police did not allow us. Instead, they wrestled with us and detained our members,’ said a protestor.
On the other hand deputy commissioner of police, Anup Kumar Sahoo said the farmers tried to break the barrier and barge into the CEO’s office.
‘We asked them to send a delegation to meet the CEO but they tried to defy the prohibitory orders. We were thus, forced to make preventive arrests,’ Sahoo said.