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April 7, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Farmers fired at

According to UNI, 500 people were injured including 150 policemen. While eight died on firing on the people who had blocked the highway between Bangalore and Bombay, one died when the police fired on a crowd that had set fire to a trader’s godown.

By: Editorial |
April 7, 2021 3:30:44 am
A tense situation prevails with the local people calling for a counter agitation and the farmers’ leaders calling for a band bandh.

Nine persons were killed when the police fired on tobacco growers at Nippani at Belgaum district of Karnataka. According to UNI, 500 people were injured including 150 policemen. While eight died on firing on the people who had blocked the highway between Bangalore and Bombay, one died when the police fired on a crowd that had set fire to a trader’s godown. A tense situation prevails with the local people calling for a counter agitation and the farmers’ leaders calling for a band bandh. The tobacco growers have been agitating for the last 21 days demanding remunerative prices for their produce and state takeover of tobacco trade. The farmers had squatted on the highway with ramshackle carts forcing vehicles to take a 50-km detour.

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