Day 7: Farmers give away onion, garlic for free in Bittan Market

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jun 2018 11:38:14


Staff Reporter

FARMERS under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) with their unique initiative tried to draw attention of Government towards their demands on Thursday. They put up a stall at busiest Bittan Market area of the State capital and distributed onion and garlic for free. Similarly, BKU also distributed onion and vegetables for free in several other districts of the State. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Anil Yadav informed, “We selected Bittan Market to distribute onion and garlic as it is visited by bureaucrats, including IAS and IPS officers. At least this way, they would hear us and understand our plight,” he told.

People in large numbers rushed to the stall of Bharatiya Kisan Union when they came to know that onion and garlic are being given away for free. Anil Yadav said that during last year’s movement, the Government said that some anti-social elements threw vegetables on road as a mark of protest. But this year instead of throwing vegetables and other things on road we decided to give vegetables and other things for free,” he rued. He further informed that BKS members have also distributed vegetables for free in many other districts of the State on Thursday. So far, farmers’ strike has been peaceful across the State. Farmers, under the banner of various farmers’ organisation, are on 10-day strike from June 1. Thursday was the seventh day of the strike. Farmers are demanding complete loan waiver, appropriate price to agriculture produce, withdrawal of cases registered against them during lastyear’s farmers’agitation etc. Last year, farmers went berserk and reacted in a violent manner by torching trucks and staging road blockade. It was Malwa belt where farmers’ movement was strong as compared to other parts of State. The situation had turned worse when farmers were shot by cops in Mandsaur. In this firing incident, six farmers had died.