Farmers take to streets demanding drought-hit status for Koksara

Kalahandi: Vehicular movement on the National Highway-26 came to a grinding halt after hundreds of farmers staged a road blockade at Ampani near Dharmagarh in the district today over various demands including drought-hit status for Koksara block.

According to sources hundreds of farmers under the aegis of Koksara Farmers’ Sachetana Mancha staged an economic blockade to press for their demands. As a result of the demonstration, vehicles were left stranded on both the side of the National Highway while the road communication between Bhawanipatna- Jeypore was also disrupted.

The farmers’ outfit began their 12-hour protest from 7 am and several other organisations also extended support to the economic blockade, added sources.

On receiving information police rushed to the spot and held discussions with the agitating farmers. Moreover, further details are awaited.