Kadapa: The farmers of Gollapalle in YSR Kadapa district dumped the vegetables and other crops they have grown on the road in the village as the police refused to give permission to sell their produce in the market.
While the consumers in cities and towns are making a beeline to the markets to buy vegetables in the wake of lockdown imposed due to Covid-19, the farmers in villages are struggling to sell their products due to police restrictions.
On Wednesday, in the wee hours, a group of farmers, along with their produce (various kinds of vegetables) were travelling in two trucks from Gollapalle village to sell their vegetables at the nearby market. However, the police stopped the vehicles and they didn’t allow the farmers to go the market citing restrictions.
Angry farmers from #Gollapalle village under YSR Kadapa district dumped vegetables on roads at Gollapalle junction as AP police refused to permit travel in order to sell their produce in the market amid lockdown. #AndhraPradeshGovernance pic.twitter.com/e0c8HdLKna
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As the police failed to give permission to sell their produce, the farmers dumped their produce on the roads as a sign of resentment against the police and government.
The angry farmers said that they were the ultimate victims in the society. Despite instructions that the vehicles carrying vegetables and essential commodities should be allowed to move on roads during Covid-19 lockdown, the police refused to give permission to our vehicles, they added.
The dumping of vegetables as a mark of protest by the farmers went viral on the social media and many netizens criticised the police for putting the farmers at a loss.