Leaders of the action committee claimed that the farmers were granted bail, as the magistrate was convinced of their stand.
Upland farmers owing allegiance to the United Democratic Front (UDF) observed a hartal in Chakkittappara panchayat on Monday, protesting against the arrest of 14 farmers on the charge of damaging a Forest Department vehicle.
Hunger strike droppedThough the farmers’ action committee had a plan to stage a hunger strike in front of the district collectorate on Monday, it was dropped as all the arrested were granted bail.
They just tried to block a vehicle that was about to ram the venue of a farmers’ hunger strike,” said Jijo Thomas, leader of We Farm, a settler farmers’ collective.
They alleged that some Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] workers in the panchayat were trying to fuel the stand-off between farmers and the department to take political advantage and portray farmers as hunters.