<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An agitation by sugarcane farmers, who were demanding an increase in the fair and remunerative price (FRP), took a violent turn in Shevgaon region on Wednesday with police firing plastic bullets, lobbing teargas and resorting to lathi charges to rein in restive protesters. Two farmers, three police officers were injured in firing and stone pelting and two constables were seriously injured.The agitation was led by the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana and other farmer outfits. Ahmednagar police have invoked Section 144 in seven villages after firing plastic bullets, tear gas and lathi charge. Police have registered offences against 13 farmers in this incident.Meanwhile, Minister for cooperation Subhash Deshmukh has appealed farmers’ organisations to sort out issues through talks. Deshmukh stated that Centre government already has announced fair and remunerative price for sugarcane which Rs 250 more than last year.Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) leader and Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti when contacted blamed it on administration and sugar factories. He said that despite the fact that farmers in and around Gangamai Sugar factory in Shevgaon, had gathered in a peaceful manner and have been agitating for last six days, police took action against leaders at wee hours, which agitated the farmers and it resulted in worsening the situation. He said that while government asks to resolve the matter peacefully, while the police is going hard on the protesters. Shetti said Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana’s western Maharashtra president Prakashtatya Balwadkar along with Amar Kadam and local workers were arrested by police in wee hours.Meanwhile, leader of Opposition in state assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has criticised the state government for wrongly handling the farmers’ agitation. Demanding an inquiry in to police firing at agitating farmers, Vikhe-Patil also demanded action against those involved in it.According to statement issued by Ahmednagar Superintendent of Police two farmers Uddhav Mapari and Baburao Dukare have been injured while two constables have been seriously injured. According to police statement farmers had resorted to rasta roko last week but withdrew it after discussions with local revenue officials. Police told that on Wednesday agitators resorted to stone pelting, setting ablaze vehicles while led to lathi charge, use of tear gas and plastic bullets and pump action gun.

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Farmers agitation takes violent turn, 5 injured