Nashik: On the sixth day of the farmers’ stir yesterday, there was an attempt to lock the talathi, tehsildar and government offices. Farmers did not send their agriculture produce to market committees for the sixth consecutive day. Enraged farmers resorted to a symbolic agitation of locking talathi, tehsildar and other government offices in some villages.
Vehicles were not stopped yesterday for throwing vegetables and milk on road. There were angry reactions after it came to light that a farmer who participated in the strike committed suicide at Pimpri in Yeola taluka.
As per announcement made earlier, an agitation was staged at Niphad and Kalvan to lock entrance of the tehsil office. Farmers from Saigaon at Yeola staged a topless agitation to condemn the government. An effigy symbolising the government was burnt at Karanji Khurd. Talathi offices at Dubere in Sinnar taluka and Rajapur in Dindori taluka were locked.
Following deployment of large scale police personnel in Nashik district collectorate, farmers had to cancel their programme. As police protection was provided to most tehsildar offices in the district, farmers could not lock them. Police are crushing the strike in rural areas to curb violence. Notices and threats are being issued to young farmers who are playing lead roles in the strike. Police are trying to terrorise agitating farmers, alleged members of the core committee.
Meanwhile, all 17 market committees in the district wore a deserted look yesterday. Core committee member Raju Desale and some activists gifted a rose to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar to draw his attention to demands of the farmers and workers in the state. Meanwhile, core committee of 21 members will be reconstructed in the statewide farmers’ conference to be held on Thursday (June 8).