‘Farmers’ deaths not suicide, but murder’

Karnataka, Mangaluru: 04/08/2015: Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha taking out a rally from Jyothi circle to DC office, in Mangaluru on August 04, 2015, the rally orgnised by the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha.Photo: H.S. Manjunath   | Photo Credit: H_S_Manjunath

Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha (KRRS) and Hasiru Sene leader Kodihalli Chandrashekhar on Tuesday said the series of farmers’ suicides in the State and country strongly indicate the failure of the system.

“We call it murder of the farmer, with the government, the bureaucracy, the industries and corporate lobbies jointly failing the agrarian society by pursuing a pro-elite policy,” Mr. Chandrashekhar said, addressing a farmers’ rally to protest the controversial land acquisition bill of the Union government here.

He said politicians, bankers, bureaucracy and others were responsible for farmers’ suicides, as they were the ones who drove the farming community to such a situation. Mr. Chandrashekhar said since it was forced suicide, it amounted to murder.

Laid seige

More than 150 farmers laid siege to the gates of the district administration office for over two hours. Later, Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim received a memorandum from the farmer leaders.

Mangaluru Bar Association president S.P. Chengappa said politicians, instead of understanding the reasons for suicides, had given flimsy reasons such as love failure and impotency.

Subramanya Shastry, a farmer leader, said the government should be thankful to farmers in Dakshina Kannada who had created their own irrigation infrastructure despite the lack of any farming infrastructure in the district.

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