Farmers’ detention: NKS member to wear black badges from today

Bhubaneswar: Farmers under the banner of Navnirman Krushak Sanghathan (NKS) will wear black badges and hoist black flags atop of their houses from today protesting the detention of farmers and police move in foiling their rally yesterday.

Talking to newsmen at a press conference, advisor of NKS Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, said, “We will intensify our stir across every village and households in the state protesting the police excesses.”

“As a mark of the protest, head of every farmer’s family will wear black badges. Besides, black flags will be hoisted atop of the every farmer’s house till the government solves our problems,” Patnaik added.

Earlier yesterday, the police allegedly attempted to foil the mega farmers’ convention and prevented the farmers entering Bhubaneswar. Cops also frisked the vehicles at various places including Hanspal square in Bhubaneswar on NH 16. Over 400 farmers were detained in Bhubaneswar while they were on their way to attend the rally.

Police had a scuffle with farmers at Cuttack railway station after the forces detained them forcefully who were coming from Keonjahr area in Barbil-Puri express. The irate members of the organisation staged a rail-roko for quite some time at the Station.

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Similar incident also was also reported in Bhubaneswar Station where hundreds of farmers coming from various places of Odisha were detained by police.

Dhenkanal police also held up some members of the farmers ‘outfit at the local station today while around 20 at Raghunathpur station in Jagatsinghpur district, 18 at Jajpur station have been kept from proceeding.