Activists under Nabnirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS), an organisation fighting for cause of farmers, took out a rally and staged a demonstration in front of Collector's office here on Saturday demanding release of 26 farmers who were arrested in Bhubaneswar recently.
These 26 farmers had stopped Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's convoy for a few minutes in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday protesting Government's alleged apathetic attitude towards calamity-hit farmers. These activists were arrested and booked under several sections, including 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC.
Blaming the Government, NKS leaders said the arrest was illegal. "All assurances by the Government are fake which forced us to lodge our protests. We have been demanding an additional bonus of `500 a quintal of paddy over minimum support price fixed by Centre and `2,000 a month security allowance to calamities-affected farmers till next harvest. The bonus that Chief Minister declared on Friday was the outcome of our agitation," said NKS member Bansidhar Patnaik.