Farmers climb cell tower to protest
Cheated by seed sellers, five farmers of Dattappa Gudem of Mothkur mandal in the district climbed a cell tower located at Padmashali Nagar in Mothkur and threatened to commit suicide on Tuesday They demanded stern action against the middleman who sold spurious cotton seeds and compensation to them
Mothkur (Yadadri- Bhongir): Cheated by seed sellers, five farmers of Dattappa Gudem of Mothkur mandal in the district climbed a cell tower located at Padmashali Nagar in Mothkur and threatened to commit suicide on Tuesday. They demanded stern action against the middleman who sold spurious cotton seeds and compensation to them.
According to the sources, farmers Narmalla Uppalaiah, Vallapu Venkanna, Boddu Laxminarsu, Nalla Sathaiah, Boddu Yadaiah climbed the cell tower with pesticide bottles. Tension prevailed at the venue for six hours.
On getting information, farmers of Dattappagudem under the leadership of MPTC Elugu Parvathamma and Yadaiah rushed to the spot and staged protest in favour of farmers who had climbed the cell tower.
Farmers were not convinced even after conversation and assurance of justice by Tahsildar Jyothi, CI Srinivas and other officials. Even they could not accept the assurance of action against the responsible persons by the District Collector during the phone conversation with Collector Anitha Ramachandran and MPTC.
Farmers on cell tower said as many as 200 farmers cultivated cotton crop on 150 acres land. The seeds were supplied by the village farmers coordinator E Sathaiah and farmer M Kottappa turned out to be spurious. They further informed that each farmer who sowed the purchased spurious seeds lost between Rs 1 lakh and 1.5 lakh.
Officials including local police, DCP, Agriculture officials and Collector did not responded to address their issue; moreover they received mockery from few officials, they said.
They asserted that they would not get down from the cell tower till all the victim farmers get justice and compensation. Local Congress, CPI, BJP, TDP, YSRCP leaders expressed their solidarity to the protesting farmers.
On direction of superiors, Choutuppal ACP Ramesh reached the spot and had discussions with protestors. They get down after ACP’s assurance of filing cases against middlemen, who cheated them and compensation to lost cotton crops.
Later speaking to the media, ACP Ramesh informed that police filed cases against the village farmer coordinator Elugu Sathaiah and Madasu kotaiah on the charges selling spurious cotton seeds to farmers of Dattappagudem.