2 arrested for throwing potatoes outside UP Assembly
(4 months ago)
Lucknow [Uttar Pradesh], January 13 : The police have arrested two persons for throwing potatoes outside Uttar Pradesh state Assembly.
Lucknow's Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Deepak Kumar has said, investigation shows that the potatoes were not thrown by farmers, but by people with political motives.
The police have claimed that the arrested persons had contested elections for Samajwadi Party in Nagar Panchayat polls and dismissed the role of Kisan Unions in it.
After their plea to get a fair price for potatoes went unheard by the Uttar Pradesh government, the farmers had last week dumped their produce outside the state assembly building in protest.
With the price crashing to Rs 4 per kg, the farmers are demanding a minimum of Rs 10 per kg.
Notably, after coming to power in the state, the Yogi Adityanath government had decided to fix a minimum support price for potato at Rs 487 per quintal in a bid to encourage the potato growers.