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Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Large Area Multipurpose Societies (LAMPS) at Koshagumuda block under Nabarangpur district turned into a war zone on Saturday after irate farmers ransacked the government office alleging discrepancies in the supply of fertiliser (Urea).

As per reports, tension erupted at the centre after more than 3000 farmers waiting for fertiliser received the news that only 1700 packets of urea has been allotted for the Koshagumuda LAMPS.

Following this, scuffle broke out among the farmers to lay their hands on the limited stock of fertilizer. Even the police personnel present at the spot to maintain law and order failed to control the situation.

Subsequently, events snowballed into a mini riot and the irate farmers left without getting their share of Urea. But before leaving, they allegedly vandalised the LAMPS office by ransacking the gate and asbestos roof.

The aggrieved farmers alleged that the LAMPS authorities and the District Administration duped them with false assurances.

Earlier in a similar incident, farmers at Jharigaon in Nabarangpur got into a brawl when a huge crowd thronged a LAMPS to purchase fertilisers on August 20.

The irate farmers ransacked the LAMPS following differences among them over allocation of fertilisers.

Reports said that hundreds of farmers turned up at the LAMPS to purchase Urea as per an earlier announcement. As per the announcement, each farmer was allotted one packet of fertiliser. However, few of the farmers firmly demanded allotment of two packets of fertilisers which triggered differences among them.

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