Farmers block traffic on Sonepat-Rohtak road
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 18:18
Sonepat: Irate farmers blocked the traffic on the Sonepat-Rohtak road near Kharkhuda town, about 19 km from here, for several hours in protest against the alleged non- purchase of bajra by state-owned agencies.

Farmers were agitated after the state agencies denied to purchase the bajra.

A blockade was erected yesterday in the area by the farmers which led to traffic jam on both sides of the road.

Senior police and administrative officials arrived on the spot and tried to pacify the angry farmers but failed in their attempt.

Later, Meetu Dhankar Naib-Tehsildar reached the site and gave assurance to the agitating farmers that the purchase of bajra will be regularised following which the blockade was lifted by the farmers late night.

The BJP leaders claimed that a delegation of the ruling BJD led by Rajya Sabha member Kishore Mohanty visited the affected areas and admitted of crop loss.

"It shows that the Chief Minister, Agriculture Minister and entire administration not only lost the confidence of the people but also that of their own party," the BJP leaders said.

They claimed that a farmer committed suicide in Jharsuguda district due to debt burden on October four, while two others took a similar step in Sambalpur district on October seven and 18.

Similar incidents have also taken place in Sonepur and Balasore districts, they said adding that a BJP delegation today visited Balasore district where a fish farmer committed suicide, unable to bear the misery and debt burden.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 18:18

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