Bhubaneswar: The National Highway(NH) connecting Bhubaneswar and Puri turned to be a tussle ground when the farmers clashed with police infront of the Satyabadi block office on Wednesday.
The agitating farmers under the banner of Nilachal Krusak Mahasangha staged a demonstration on the national highway in a novel way by eating food on the road and demanded for pension, increase in price for coconut purchase done by the State government and hike in buying price of paddy by Rs 500 per quintal. Despite efforts were made by the police and district administration officials to bring peace and clam down the demonstrating farmers, the agitators were in no mood to relent following which the cops forcibly removed the farmers from the national highway.
However, the situation was put under control with the police conducting lathi charge on the agitating farmers. Following lathi charge, around 20 farmers were injured and many of the bikes, motorcycles and cycles of the farmers were also damaged. There was road blockade for three consecutive hours.