A meeting proposed to have been held in Mumbai among stakeholders in the case of duping of over 400 cotton farmers from Wardha district and supposed to have been chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis did not take place on Wednesday.
On the other hand, Nagpur police reportedly tried to browbeat the agitating farmers by asking them to wind up their agitation or face tough measures.
When contacted, Officer on Special Duty at the CMO, Ketan Pathak told The Indian Express that no such meeting was scheduled. When pointed out that a press note was issued by Nagpur District Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule about the meeting, Pathak said, “Bawankule would be able to explain more about it.” Bawankule was not available to respond to calls and texts seeking his view.
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Meanwhile, policemen from Sitabuldi police station went up to the agitating farmers and asked them to wind up the agitation since they were overstaying the limit of permission. “They spoke in a rude language and said we better wind up our agitation or face strict action,” farmer leader Avinash Kakde said. “The police officer said we had staged enough of drama (khup zala natak) and if we didn’t fall in line, we will be thrown out,” he added. “We told police that we were holding a peaceful agitation. So why were they threatening us? We were causing no harm to anyone,” Kakde said.