Bangalore: As the state witnessed protests by
farmers decrying police lathicharge on them in Chamrajnagar,
Karnataka Government on Saturday ordered an inquiry by Divisional
Commissioner and ordered release of all those arrested.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa directed the police to
withdraw cases booked against agitating farmers, sources
close to him told agency here.
Police made a "mild" lathicharge to disperse a 400-member
group of farmers protesting to press their charter of demands
in Chamrajnagar and over 50 agitators were taken into custody.
The sources said Yeddyurappa expressed regret over the
lathicharge in Chamarajanagar and Davangere and asserted "my
government is pro-farmer, doors of my government is always
open for farmers and they can come for talks".
Meanwhile Yeddyurappa had a telephonic talks with Raitha
Sangha leader K S Puttannaiah and invited him for talks.
In the wake of lathicharge, Congress and JDS hit out at
the government and dubbed it as anti-farmer.