Farmers end 10-day agitation by shaving head

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jun 2018 10:23:18


Staff Reporter

On the 10th and last day of their State-level agitation, farmers under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) demonstrated against the State Government for not showing any concern towards their demands on Sunday. As a sign of protest, many farmers got their heads tonsured and even performed last rites of Government. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said that large number of farmers gathered in Misrod to register their protest against cold attitude of Government towards their demands. Many farmers got their heads shaved and immersed vegetables in water. BKU leader Anil Yadav said that Government’s feelings have become dead towards farmers. Instead of showing concern towards peasants, Government is working against the interest of farmers. Even last year also, Government had shown the callous attitude towards the demand of farmers. This time, farmers took the Gandhivadi path to register their protest and raise their voice, but Government paid no attention.

“The soul of Government has become dead…hence farmers performed its last rituals,” he said.To save farmers from suicide incidents and to protest anti-farmer policies of Government, Bharatiya Kisan Union performed “Mahamrityunjay”. Afterwards, milk, which was collected in large drums, was offered to Lord Shiva. On this occasion, BKS functionaries like Shailesh Yadav, Suresh Patidar, Narmada Prasad Patidar, Manohar Patidar, Rajesh Chawksey, etc. were present.Notably, farmers have started their ten-day movement from June 1. During their protest, they boycotted supplies of vegetables and other things to mandi and remained in villages. They also stopped milk supply. This has resulted into sharp rise in vegetable prices. The prices of vegetables have, at many places, increased four times, causing problem to common people.

On June 6, farmers also observed the first anniversary of death of six farmers, who died in police firing last year. Police remained deployed in full strength in identified sensitive places, particularly Mandsaur, Neemuch, etc. The farmer’s movement also attained political hue when Rahul Gandhi addressed farmers in Mandsaur on first death anniversary of six farmers. Farmers went on 10-day strike, demanding withdrawal of loan in full manner and appropriate price for their produce.