Protesting Tamil Nadu farmers drink urine at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to draw government's attention over drought relief

The severe drought in Tamil Nadu last year and the scuffle with Karnataka that broke over the sharing of the waters, of the River Cauvery left many Tamil Nadu farmers in the lurch. 

Published: 22nd April 2017 04:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2017 07:59 PM   |  A+A-

Tamil Nadu farmers drink urine protesting over drought relief funds and waiver of farmers' loans at Delhi's Jantar Mantar. | Picture Courtesy: ANI

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: After sitting in the silent hunger protest for two days, the Tamil Nadu farmers have once again shown their wrath against the government by drinking urine on Saturday.

The farmers who are protesting for the past 40 days said that they might call off the protest after meeting the Union minister Pon Radha Krishnan. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami who is visiting the national capital on Sunday, might meet the farmers.

“Minister told us that he will waive off the loan of all the farmers but he did not say anything about Cauvery water Management and relief amount of Rs 40,000 for the farmers” said P.Ayyakannu, the farmer who is heading the protest at Jantar Mantar.

The revolting farmers led a protest by storing their urine in bottles and said they will drink the urine as a part of their protest. But as soon, the cops reached the spot and stopped the farmers by doing so. Later, the P. Ayyakannu, who is leading the protest dropped the idea of urine protest and promised to the Delhi police that they will not do such protest again.

However, two of the farmers consumed the human waste and said “It is the Central government which is solely responsible for this. They made us to do such harsh measures by not listening to us. And what we can do, we people don’t have water, whole Tamil Nadu state is facing problem in getting water. If center will not consider us then ultimately, we have to drink our own urine only to mitigate our thirst” said the farmer.

“If our CM will promise us to fulfill our demands we will call off this movement and will return back to our hometown”, said the protesting farmers.


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