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Yeddyurappa says no bullet against farmers

Jun 11, 2008 02:28 PM IST Politics Politics
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Bangalore: The heat is on for the 11-day old Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa a day after one farmer was killed and two others were injured on Tuesday in police firing at Haveri. Yeddyurappa condemned the Haveri incident in which a farmer was killed and two others injured. "No bullets should be used against the farmers whatever be the situation, whatever be the provocation," he said. Yeddyurappa, who has blamed the Centre for the fertiliser crisis that sparked farmers’ unrest, will be visiting the injured farmers on Wednesday. The Chief Minister claims the state received only 23,000 tonnes of fertilizer as against 1.2 lakh tonnes promised by the Centre. He has also directed that special teams be formed to crack down on hoarders and black marketers of fertiliser. The farmer's protest had begun when fertiliser stocks being distributed at the Haveri Agricultural Produces Marketing Cooperative Society yard got over on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a burnt bus was reset on fire by angry protestors on Wednesday afternoon as tension mounted during the funeral of the farmer who was killed in police firing on Tuesday. Yeddyurappa will arrive in Delhi on Wednesday evening. He is seeking an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday seeking Centre's help to solve the seeds and fertiliser shortage in the state.