JAGATSINGHPUR: Hundreds of farmers blocked Manijanga-Ersama road at Bodhei on Thursday demanding immediate release of rain water from their paddy fields. Due to heavy rain this week, agricultural fields in various parts of the district have been inundated.
Paddy seeds were recently sown in 5000 hectares of land in Tirtol block. Villagers are apprehensive that the seeds will be damaged if the water remains stagnated in the fields for a few more days. They alleged that though their farm fields have been inundated for the last four days, the irrigation wing officials have not taken any measure to drain out the water.
Due to the blockade, vehicular traffic on both sides of the road was paralysed for several hours. The agitators were pacified after Tirtol Tehsildar said necessary measures will be taken by Friday to drain out the water from farm fields.
Later in the day, the villagers submitted a memorandum to the BDO over the demand.