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Return farmers’ arms to enable them to protect crops: BJP to EC

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) on Tuesday urged the Election Commission of India to return guns of farmers which were submitted before the assembly elections, to enable them to protect their crops from wild animals.

State convener of BJP’s Election Cell, H N Kashyap said more than 70 percent population of Himachal Pradesh is dependent on production of agriculture and horticulture.

“But the farmers in lower areas of the state aren’t able to protect their crops which are almost ready for harvest, from the wild animals as they had deposited their weapons with concerned police stations for the safe conduct of assembly polls,” he said.

Kashyap said the assembly polls have been conducted peacefully in the state on 9 November and the farmers’ weapons should now be returned to them.

“BJP urges the EC to return their arms so as to enable them in protecting their crops from wild animals menace,” he said.