Flood-hit farmers protest outside Karnataka Assembly

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Bangalore, Dec 30 (ANI): Flood-hit farmers on Tuesday protested outside Karnataka Assembly, demanding compensation for damaged crops.

Upset over not getting the assured compensation, thousand of farmers marched to Bangalore and tried to lay siege to the state Assembly.

The Congress party has supported the protest.

The government of India has also given money, the people of Karnataka, they have contributed repeatedly for the cause of flood. But even then this government has not given proper compensation to the farmers. The farmers are ready to go to jail, they have come here...they are prepared to go to jail also," said Siddaramaiah Congress leader.

Police detained hundreds of agitating farmers, along with Siddaramaiah.

The state government has assured fair compensation and rehabilitation to farmers whose crops and houses were damaged during the October floods, but the farmers say they are yet to receive any dues.

Raichur, Gulbarga and Bijapur districts were the worst hit areas when unforeseen floods in October destroyed millions of acres of crops mostly in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

As per the official estimates, the floods in the Southern part of the country left almost 2.5 million people homeless and 250 dead, mostly in the two states. (ANI)

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