KARNATAKA

Rival groups of farmers demand Suvarnavathi waters

CHAMARAJANAGAR, NOV. 29. Farmers from the Suvarnavathi Reservoir achkat area in the taluk laid siege to the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Monday urging the Irrigation Consultative Committee to implement its decision taken at a meeting recently to release water into the Suvarnavathi riverbed.

Farmers from Alur, Koodalur, Handrakallimole,

Booditihittu, Kodimole, Chandakavadi, Saragur, Basappanapalya, Mallupura, Homma, Kariyanakatte and Hebbasur staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Monday demanding that the Deputy Commissioner take steps to implement the Irrigation Consultative Committee decision to release the water into the river from the reservoir. But a large number of farmers from various villages staged a dharna in front of the Suvarnavathi Reservoir crest gate in protest against the release of water.

They were guarding the reservoir crest gate after the Irrigation Consultative Committee had decided to release water into the river. They threatened to commit mass suicide if water was released into the river. They have decided to continue the dharna till the water was released into canals.

The Deputy Commissioner, Harsh Gupta, has appealed to the two groups of farmers to attend the meeting to solve the problems. But the protesters did not agree to attend the meeting.

The Gundlepet MLA, H.S. Mahadev prasad, the Deputy Commissioner, and the Superintendent of Police, Ravindra Prasad, tried to persuade the achkat area farmers and promised to release the water on December 4. After this, the two groups of farmers ended their dharna.

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