Trader dupes paddy farmers of 1 crore flees village

Trader dupes paddy farmers of 1 crore flees villageThe farmers at the Peddavoora police station after lodging a complaint on Thursday
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In a shocking case of cheating, a trader had took the farmers for a ride in Peddavoora mandal headquarters of Nagarjunasagar constituency in the district and fled with Rs 1 crore of farmers money.

Peddavora (Nalgonda): In a shocking case of cheating, a trader had took the farmers for a ride in Peddavoora mandal headquarters of Nagarjunasagar constituency in the district and fled with Rs 1 crore of farmers money.

According to sources, M Kiran (28) of G Bheemanapally of Pedda Adisharla Pally mandal in the district has been running Balaji Fertiliser Shop for the last four years at Peddavoora. He has been purchasing the cotton and paddy from framers by providing pesticides, complex fertilisers, Urea etc on credit basis.

Last year, Kiran incurred losses due to purchase of paddy from farmers at higher prices, dip in sales of fertilisers besides being cheated by another trader during paddy resale transaction.

Kiran later had decided to compensate the losses by cheating the farmers. Putting his plans into action, Kiran offered best price and procured the paddy in huge quantities from farmers across the mandal and fled from the village by switching off his phone since May 8.

Shocked farmers, who sold their farm produce to Kiran approached the police for justice. On Thursday itself, as many as 47 persons lodged complaints against Kiran at Peddavoora police station.

A few victim farmers went to native place of Kiran, G Bheemanapally village and contacted Kiran's family members to know his whereabouts, but in vain. Victim farmers also informed that parents and wife of Kiran too fled the village.

The farmers alleged that delay in purchasing paddy at procurement centers forced them to sell their produce to traders who collect the produce at the doorstep. Taking the advantage of their problems, traders have been cheating them very easily, they rued.

Victim farmers urged the police to nab Kiran at the earliest and take necessary action against him.

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