Staff Correspondent

Farmers had called for a bandh

Farmers have been agitating for the last 10 days

They demand higher support price

for paddy

DAVANGERE: The police arrested over 25 farmers' leaders while they were allegedly trying to forcibly close shops at the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) yard here on Wednesday.

The arrested included Kolenahalli Sathish, former president of APMC, and Huchavanahalli Manjunath, general secretary of the State Hasiru Sene.

Farmers had called for an APMC bandh on Wednesday demanding that the Government announce support price of Rs.1,500 a tonne for paddy. Though a few shops were closed, many remained open. Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil said he had instructed farmers to get permission from the police before calling for bandh. Some of the leaders had violated rules, he said. Farmers have been agitating for the last 10 days now demanding higher support price. The State Government had announced a support price of Rs. 1,030 a few days ago.