Haveri, Jun 10: Fertilizer and seed shortage crises in Karnataka took a violent turn this afternoon. Police resorted to firing to quell the agitating crowd in Haveri in North Karnataka. One farmer is killed and another critically injured. The farmers have been agitating for the short supply of fetilizers and seeds. The agitation took a violent turn when the agitating mob burned buses in neighbouring district of Dharwad on Monday. The situation in Dharwad is under control now, but the violence is spreading towards the Haveri district today .
Reacting to this incident Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said that the entire movement is politically motivated. He further added that the anti-social elements engaged in creating unrest will be put down. The leader of Opposition Maligarjune Kharge said that the government has to take serious steps to provide fetilizer and seeds as the cultivation activites have begun with the onset of monsoon in Karnataka, failing to which the Karnataka Congress will launch a state wide stir against the failure of Yedi's govt.
Meanwhile, S A Ravindranath, the present Agriculture Minister told OneIndia that there is no shortage of fertilizer in Karnataka. The problem lies in effective distribution of artificial fertilizer which his department will see to it that the distribution system will streamlined immediately. The entire exercise will take about ten days. Now the department has a stock of one thousand ton fertilzer.
The agitators in Haveri this afternoon has burned four government buses, and pelted stones on the highway. As a result traffic on NH 4 is seriously disrupted.
Eashwar Navile, a farmer and local leader in Motebennur reacting to the entire incident told Oneindia that farmers who believe in toiling hard and growing crops never engage in such violent activites. The entire unrest in this area according to him is planned by 'someone' and demonstrated by vested interests.
Moreover, the Karantaka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) blaming the State govt for present crisis today threatened to launch state-wide agitation if government fails to take initiate immediate measures to solve the problem. KRRS state working president Kodihalli Chandrashekhar has charged that the farming community in Karnataka were being 'cheated by all', including sowing seed and fertiliser suppliers and the state government.