Farmers from various villages in Mandya, under the banner of Karnataka Pranta Raitha Sangha, staged a protest on the Bangalore–Mysore Highway here on Wednesday, opposing acquisition of fertile agricultural lands for projects.

They also demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the alleged irregularities revealed by the Comptroller and Auditor-General in the farm loan waiver scheme.

“Thousands of farmers from different parts of the country are participating in the ‘mahapanchayat’ at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. We are expressing our support to the mahapanchayat,” KRRS leader Shambhunahalli told The Hindu here.

The Union and State governments have been diverting farmlands for other purposes, he said.

The protesters also demanded that the Centre announce a fair and remunerative price for their produce. Traffic on the busy highway was disrupted for a while owing to the protest.

Konasale Narasaraju, Ashok, Ramakrishnaiah, Hallegere Shivaram and Marilinge Gowda were present.

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