The police lathicharge on farmers demanding supply of cotton seeds has come under criticism, and farmers and various associations here have demanded an impartial inquiry into the incident.
The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and the Hasiru Sene have condemned the police action on the farmers and blamed the State Government for taking no steps to supply seeds despite knowing that cotton was grown extensively in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts.
In a press release here from leader Badagalapura Nagendra, the associations alleged that the district administration and the Department of Agriculture had failed to arrange for the supply of seeds in spite of protests in H.D. Kote recently.
The Federation of Farmers' Associations has strongly condemned the lathi-charge on farmers staging a peaceful demonstration, and demanded the immediate suspension of the police officers responsible, a press release by convener Kurubur Shanthkumar said.
Demanding an inquiry into the incident, Mr. Shanthkumar demanded that the State Government take immediate steps to ensure proper supply of fertilizer and seeds ahead of the coming monsoon.
He warned that the Government would have to bear the burden if farmers suffered crop loss because of the delay.
The Mysore committee of the Raitha-Krishi Karmikara Sanghatane, has also condemned the police excesses on farmers here on Monday.
Despite knowing that sowing takes place usually in the months of April and May, the Government was negligent in ensuring supply of seeds and fertilisers to farmers, they said.
“Instead of reassuring farmers in times of crisis, the police lathi-charge is like rubbing salt into their wounds,” district convener M. Shashidhar said.
The Mysore unit of the Janata Dal (Secular) has also condemned the lathi-charge and alleged that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had done nothing despite taking oath in the name of farmers and presenting a separate budget for agriculture.