Karnataka: Farmers protest against Bengaluru Traffic Police

Bengaluru : The farmers staged a protest on Thursday over the Bengaluru Traffic Police Department’s decision not to allow tractors to ply inside the city.

They farmers blocked roads during their protest following which the police had to intervene to bring the situation under control. The police personnel later baton charged the protestors.

With an estimated crop loss in 70 percent of sown area, Karnataka has become the first in country to declare drought in the Rabi season. It has sought a Central aid of Rs. 1,400 crore.

Last year, the state witnessed more than 1,000 farmer suicides – the highest in a decade. (ANI)