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Cane growers blame State for farmer’s suicide in Belgaum

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Farmers in Mysore observe a two-minute silence condoling the death of a sugarcane farmer in Belgaum on Wednesday.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Farmers in Mysore observe a two-minute silence condoling the death of a sugarcane farmer in Belgaum on Wednesday.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Farmers under the banner of State Sugarcane Growers’ Association here blocked the busy Mysore–Nanjangud Road here for sometime on Wednesday, against the State Government over the death of a sugarcane grower in Belgaum.

Blaming the government for the farmer’s suicide, the farmers led by association president Kurubur Shanthkumar said the farmer would not have ended his life if the government had acted on the sugarcane issue immediately.

Speaking to reporters here, Mr. Shanthkumar said sugarcane farmers would intensify their protests across the State against the farmer’s death. Farmers will block roads even in rural areas from Thursday, he said.

He demanded a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh from the government and Rs. 25 lakh from the sugar factory, which allegedly delayed payment to the deceased farmer for the sugarcane he supplied to the factory. They later observed a two-minute silence to mourn the death of the farmer.

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