Protesting Tamil Nadu farmers strip seeking loan waiver at PMO

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FarmersProtesting Tamil Nadu farmers stripped near Prime Minister’s Office on April 10 seeking their crop loans be waived-off and that the Centre take up their cause with positive effect.

But when they reached PMO to submit a memorandum, they couldn’t gain access.

The farmers have been demanding in this regard from the past three weeks.

The stir has gained a lot of attention as they are protesting with skulls said to belong to those farmers who had ended their lives.

While the nude men were immediately removed from the area, the protesters said that they would intensify their protest in the Centre did not take a positive view of their case.

It may be noted here that recently the Madras HC directed the Tamil Nadu government to waive off loans of all farmers (of all categories) in cooperative banks.

On April 7, five farmers protesting at Jantar Mantar had cut their hands demanding the loan waiver. “We’ve been here for over three weeks, but who cares? We also met many politicians, but what we want is not promises but action,” they said.

“We shed our blood to highlight the inhuman conditions we are forced to live in. Today, we have given our blood also to the protest. There is nothing more to give,” said another farmer.

Last week some farmers suffered a heat stroke and were rushed to a hospital. While four persons were discharged the same day, one person was held back for treatment.

Several national and local leaders have so far extended their support to the agitation.