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Raising slogans: Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha staging a dharna in front of a branch of a private bank in Mysore on Thursday.
Raising slogans: Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha staging a dharna in front of a branch of a private bank in Mysore on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent

‘Return our seized tractors in good running condition’

MYSORE: Protesting against the alleged “anti-farmer” attitude of bank officials, members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) staged a dharna on Thursday in front of the branch of a private bank on Seetha Vilasa Road demanding that the tractors seized from farmers be given back to them in “good running condition”.

Some farmers, who went to the bank on Tuesday to get back their seized tractors as had been promised by bank officials, found that their vehicles were not in running condition.

Besides, the conditions imposed by the bank for the release of their tractors also angered them.

The farmers had to return home empty-handed because of the new terms and conditions imposed by the bank. They also refused to sign a fresh agreement with the bank.

The bank had agreed to return the seized tractors at a meeting convened by Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan recently and had asked the farmers to inspect 38 tractors kept in a private shed. The farmers, who went there, found that their tractors were not in running condition.

The secretary of the district unit of KRRS, Basavaraja Hoskote, alleged that the bank officials had imposed fresh terms and conditions despite an agreement with them at a meeting convened by the Deputy Commissioner. “How can we sign a fresh agreement when the bank is keeping our tractors?” he sought to know.

He said that some of the tractors seized from farmers had been auctioned and they wanted a statement from the bank that their dues had been cleared.

But the bank refused to the request by farmers. This had forced the farmers to launch an agitation.

They would continue their agitation till their demands were met, he added.

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