Cotton farmers protest for MSP, 3 attempt suicide

KARIMNAGAR: Three cotton farmers attempted suicide, while hundreds of others gave vent to their ire by stoning two RTC buses and blocking traffic movement on Karimnagar-Peddapally highway on Monday. They were protesting against the government’s failure to offer minimum support price (MSP) for their crop.

The three ryots consumed pesticide in front of the market yard office, but alert cops rushed them to the hospital. They are out of danger. They said they were forced to resort to the extreme step as they were not getting a good price in the market due to trader-official nexus.

The irate farmers damaged the windowpanes of the RTC buses and squatted on the highway paralysing traffic for over three hours. They raised slogans against the government

Tension prevailed as the farmers refused to vacate the place till their demand for a higher MSP was met by the government. They contended that the traders were not buying their stocks despite a good crop this year. “Even if they are buying, the rate offered is only Rs 3,000 a quintal. We will be forced to commit mass suicides if the government does not step in,” a farmer warned.

Police finally stepped in and pacified the farmers to make way for free flow of traffic. Traffic movement was also hit on Karimnagar-Ramagundam highway due to the ryots’ stir. The ryots also staged a dharna in front the market yard, demanding an MSP of Rs 5,000 per quintal

Read more: Cotton farmers protest for MSP, 3 attempt suicide – The Times of India

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