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Jaipur, Oct 11 (IANS) Hundreds of farmers staged a massive protest in a Rajasthan town Wednesday demanding water for irrigating crops.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 | 6:08:46 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Jaipur, Oct 11 (IANS) Hundreds of farmers staged a massive protest in a Rajasthan town Wednesday demanding water for irrigating crops.

Farmers gathered at Ghadsana in Sri Ganganagar district also demanded the release of their leaders arrested Tuesday.

'We will stage an indefinite 'mahapadav' (protest) if the administration does not release our leaders,' Rameshwar Chaudhary, a farmer told IANS.

Curfew was clamped in Ghadsana for some hours after farmers and police clashed Tuesday.

According to reports, eight people were injured in the clashes in Sakhi village near Ghadsana. Three police vehicles were also damaged.

Farmers are demanding that 58 percent water from the Indira Gandhi canal that was promised to them in a written agreement by the government last year be given to them.

'The government had assured us that it will provide us 58 percent water, but it is not fulfilling its promise. We would continue to protest till our demands are met,' Rajesh Singh, a farmer said.

Some of the towns in Sri Ganganagar district have been witnessing agitations for the last two years by the farmers demanding more water for irrigation.

Two years ago, clashes between farmers and the police in Sri Ganganagar had led to police firing which left eight farmers dead. Curfew was clamped for nearly a week in Ghadsana, Rawla and Anupgarh towns of Ganganagar district.

Security has been beefed up in the areas to avert any untoward incident.

'Ten companies of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary and home guards have been deputed in the troubled areas and we are keeping a close watch,' a senior police official said.

Copyright : Indo-Asian News Service
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