Vaiko, farmers held for staging rail roko demanding waiver of farm loans

Scores of farmers and political party leaders, including MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, were arrested for staging rail roko agitations in the cauvery delta districts of the state
Vaiko, farmers held for staging rail roko demanding waiver of farm loans
Vaiko with the farmers during a protest

Chennai

The agitation was called by the Federation of Farmers Associations in the wake of spate of suicide by farmers following harassment by banks, which had lended loan to them, and to demand waiver of all the farm loans. 
Various political parties, including the DMK, DMDK, People's Welfare Front, that included the MDMK, VCK and the two Left Parties, and the PMK have pledged their support to the agitation.
Scores of farmers, who attempted to block the Mannargudi-Mayiladuthurai train in Thanjavur district were arrested.
At Kovilpatti in the southern Tuticorin District, Mr Vaiko, who participated in the stir, was arrested.
He said tractors of farmers should not be impounded for non-payment of dues and financial institutions should stop harassing them. He also entered into an argument with police officials before being arrested. 
The protestors also shouted slogans condemning the Centre for not constituting the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Regulation Committee as per the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. 
Apart from waiver of farm loans, the agitation was also to condemn the Karnataka's move to construct new dams at Mekedatu across river cauvery.
A few weeks back, a farmer, Alagar, had committed suicide in Ariyalur after being insulted by a financial institution for not repaying the loan and another farmer, Balan, was assaulted in public view and his tractor impounded by the bank authorities in Thanjavur for not paying the dues due to losses.

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