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Farmers agitation continues in Western Maharashtra

Posted on Nov 15, 06:47PM | UNI

The Sugarcane farmers from various districts of western Maharashtra continued with their agitation for higher prices for their crops, blocking traffic and throwing stones at vehicles, and state transport buses after talks with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan remained inconclusive today.

In Solapur District, the farmers on the fourth day of the agitation, burnt the effigy of union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and the Chief Minister, which forced the police to detain around 10 farmers.

According to Solapur Police. the farmers set fire to a state transport bus in front of the office of district collector this morning when it was proceeding towards Solapur from Karmala.

Chief minister Chavan held discussions with Shetkari Sanghatana Leader Raghunath Patil and his colleagues last evening.

"We asked the CM to implement the C Rangarajan committee recommendations. He assured us that he will hold talks with the Centre, but he did not provide any concrete solution to us and hence we will continue with our agitation", Patil told UNI over telephone today.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) leader and MP, Raju Shetty, was remanded to 14 days judicial custody and sent to Yerawada Jail. He was detained by the police after the agitation turned violent following the death of two farmers, one of them in police firing in Vasagade Village, Sangli.

The other farmer died while trying to deflate the tyre of a truck in Indapur.

Tension still prevailed in Sangli city and Vasagde village.

where Chandrakant Nalawade, a small farmer, was killed when police opened fire to control agitating farmers.

In Indapur, the sugarcane farmers intensified their agitation by resorting to road blackades in various parts of the state and forcing the total bandh in Indapur town in Pune district today after talks between the state government and farmers leaders over their demand for higher price for sugarcane failed.