The functioning of revenue offices was affected in 12 mandals as Bengal gram growers cutting across party lines laid siege to the offices of Tehsildars demanding market intervention by Central and State government agencies.
Ongole police took into preventive custody Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangam State Vice-President N. Ranga Rao and 14 other leaders as ryots blocked entry into the MRO office here urging the Centre to immediately impose anti-dumping duties to stop import of Bengal gram from Australia and other countries at a throw-away price. Telugu Desam Party ryots wing State President Karnam Balaramakrishnamurthy leading the farmers protest in Nagulapupadu pressed for immediate intervention by the NAFED and MARKFED to ensure a remunerative price of Rs. 6,000 per quintal for KAK2 and Rs. 7,000 per quintal for Mexican bold variety. Those taken into custody in Ongole included District Secretary D. Gopinath, CPI-led APRS District President K.V.V.Prasad, YSR Congress Farmers wing District President Mareddy Subba Reddy.
Describing the first phase of the stir a “success”, Mr. Subba Reddy said “we will sit together in the next few days to decide on the next phase of agitation”. Hundreds of ryots disrupted the functioning of the MRO offices in Kondepi, Jarugumalli, Tangtur, Inkollu, Madipadu, Chinnaganjam, Karamchedu and Parchur.