Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 8:
Protesting the death of five farmers in police firing in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district, the Navnirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) today staged a demonstration at Master Canteen in Odisha capital.
Members of the NKS marched from Master Canteen to Lower PMG here shouting slogans and holding placards.
A memorandum was later submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee through Odisha Governor SC Jamir.
“The NKS has hit the streets today to protest and condemn the death of farmers in firing in Madhya Pradesh. We express condolence to the deceased farmers’ family. The NKS had earlier staged agitation over the suicide of farmers and continuing it,” said NKS advisor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik.
Notably, farmers in Mandsaur had staged a protest demanding better prices for their crops and loan waiver.
On Tuesday, the agitating farmers resorted to violence, pelting stones at police. In retaliation, police opened fire at the farmers’ mob, leaving five dead, according to official count, but farmer leaders claim eight were killed.