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Angry over payment delay, farmers weld BJP office, house of party MLA

Contradicting the claims of the UP government of prompt payment of sugar cane dues in the state, the farmers here have been protesting over the issue for past several months but they say that their issues have not been resolved yet.

Swati Sharma | Meerut |

Hundreds of farmers, led by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Digambar Singh, welded the locks of the doors of BJP office and the house of party MLA from Chandpur, Kamlesh Saini, besides the godown of Wave Group owned sugar mills on Tuesday. Farmers said they did this to protest the non-payment of sugar cane dues.

BKU leaders have declared that they will weld locks of more offices on Wednesday and continue their two-month-old protest for immediate payment of sugarcane dues.

Contradicting the claims of the UP government of prompt payment of sugar cane dues in the state, the farmers here have been protesting over the issue for past several months but they say that their issues have not been resolved yet.

“Wave Group owned  Bijnor and Chandpur mills  have to clear dues of over Rs 163 crore of sugarcane to the farmers but they are not ready to give,” said Digamber Singh, adding that in view of their demand of payment, the farmers are sitting on a dharna at Chandpur Tehsil since January 3 but they have received only assurances.

We are forced to take this action, said Singh, adding that sugar cane farmers are facing problems because of non-payment of dues.

“The farmers also sat on a dharna around the railway tracks, without disturbing the rail traffic, as a symbolic protest as they did not want to create problems for the people travelling by the trains, but at the same time wanted to pass on the message to the authorities,” said the BKU leader.

This, however, is not the only protest which was staged by the farmers demanding sugar cane dues. In January, another group of farmers had tried self-immolation inside the premises of district magistrate office. But that was prevented by the police and district administration who assured them that they will be paid their dues.