Protesting farmer killed in police firing

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 23:45 hrs

A farmer was killed when police opened fire on a crowd of agitating farmland activists in Vasgade village in Sangli district of Maharashtra on Monday, reports said.

Another farmer was also killed when a truck ran over him during an agitation in Kolhapur.

The ongoing agitation began last week took a violent turn on Monday when police arrested two prominent leaders of the agitation.

Raju Shetti, MP and chief of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, who served as the leader of the farmers, and his close associate, Sada Khot were arrested on Monday from Indapur.

They were as they announced a statewide move to block all major roads and highways to press for their demands.

Among other things, the protesters demand a minimum support price of Rs 3,000 for sugarcane growers.

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