Sugarcane farmers clash with cops in Sarlahi

KATHMANDU: More than half a dozen farmers have been injured during a clash between the agitating sugarcane farmers and police in Sarlahi district on Sunday.

The clash ensued after the police intervened in the farmers’ bid to obstruct the East-West Highway in the district, demanding increase in sugarcane price.

Police fired several rounds in the air and used tear-gas canisters to disperse the agitating mob, who took to the highway at around 11:00 am today.

Sugarcane farmers in Terai districts including Sarlahi, Mahottari and Nawalparasi have been waging protest demanding that the government revise the price as they were paid lower for their products this year compared to the previous year.

Meanwhile, UCPN-Maoist has denounced the police crackdown, describing it as ‘brutal’ and demanded that the government maintain the price of sugarcane, as demanded by the farmers.

Issuing a press statement, the Maoists have also demanded that the government provide free treatment and due compensation to the injured farmers.

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