Dharwad: Farmers and representatives of various organisations have welcomed the state government’s decision to withdraw cases filed against those involved in the agitation over Mahadayi issue in Navalgund and Nargund.
The State Cabinet on Wednesday decided to withdraw 94 cases, including 22 of serious nature, filed against farmers. Elected representatives and forums have been demanding withdrawal of cases mainly against farmers and representatives of various organisations ever since they were filed.
The violent protests in July in Navalgund had resulted in damage to public property, including a court complex, resulting in filing of cases against those who took part in the agitation.
However, soon after, there were instances of police brutality on farmers and their family members. Following public pressure, the government ordered an inquiry into the incidents of violence and police brutality.
Subsequently, even a bandh was observed protesting the arrests. As the government took time to withdraw the cases, advocates volunteered to get the farmers released on bail.
Welcoming the move to drop cases now, the convenors of Kalasa Banduri Nala Horata Samanvaya Samiti Vikasa Soppin, Mahesh Pattar, Amrut Ijari and others have thanked all the individuals and forums who stood with the farmers. Navalgund MLA N H Konareddy also thanked the CM for acting according to his assurance given on the floor of the House.