Nagamangala farmers stand guard against land acquisition, protest enters 25th day
As the country watches the huge farmer protests in Delhi, a dissent is gathering momentum in the four villages of Nagamangala taluk, around 100 km from Bengaluru.
For the past 25 days, women, men and young farmers are staging a sit-in protest against the move of Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) to acquire 1,277 acres of agricultural land. Their demand is 'Return our land to us.'
These farmers take turns and around 100 farmers hold a peaceful demonstration at a designated place every day, which is also the entry point to the villages from National Highway 75.
'This is irrigated land and we grow a variety of crops - from paddy and finger millet to coconut, arecanut and vegetables.