Farmers refuse to call off strike despite Collector’s intervention

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Mar 2018 10:11:02


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Hour-long discussion with District Collector Gopal Chandra Dand proved in vain as agitating farmers refused to call off their agitation. The farmers are staging hunger strike for past several days at Palari Chauraha in support of their demand. Reportedly two farmers have been admitted to Keolari hospital after their condition deteriorated while seven others have claimed to continue agitation till their demands made are conceded. According to information, the hunger strike of farmers at district level was not called off even after Collector Gopal Chandra Dand visited the agitation spot and held talks with them. It is informed that out of nine farmers who have staged hunger strike, condition of two became serious and were admitted to Keolari Government Hospital.

The Collector, who remained at the dharna spot for an hour, held talks with agitating farmers and attempted to cajole them into calling off their agitation. However the farmers refused. The striking farmers asserted that they wanted action and not assurance, as all assurances given in tghe past have proved of little worth.Collector Dand then left for district headquarters after making appeal to agitating farmers to call off their agitation. Apart from the farmers who have staged the hunger strike since March 1, many other farmers from different parts of the district also joined the agitation. The farmers said that on all previous occasions, they were given assurance and consequently the agitation was called off. But then the promises made were not met. Farmers have been subjected to deception with fake assurances in the past. In view of this, farmers have decided to fight till last and are firm to ensure that the agitation arrives to its logical conclusion.Two striking farmers, Balwant Deheriya and Shambhu Dayal Pately have been shifted to hosptial. The Collector Seoni stopped at the government hospital on the way back to district headquarters and enquired about their health.