Farmers demanding higher crop prices and an end to land redistribution have disrupted road and rail transport in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka.
GVs Farmers erecting barricade across highway at Ramnagar. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV Farmers in sit-down protest on highway. (2 SHOTS)
GV Police jeep overturned and set alight at Kanakapura
GV Traffic held up by road block.
GVs Police removing roadblock at Ramnagar. (4 SHOTS)
SVs & GV Arrested farmers in bus at Chennapatnam. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Arrested farmers out of bus and into police station.
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Background: Farmers demanding higher crop prices and an end to land redistribution have disrupted road and rail transport in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka. The Press Trust of India has reported that on January 30, after five days of protests, as many as twenty-seven thousand farmers and their supporters had been arrested. At Ramnagar, uprooted trees were made into a road block on the national highway, and at Kanakapura, a police jeep was overturned and set alight by demonstrators. It was reported that schools and hotels have been requisitioned to accommodate all those detained. The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Ramakrishna Hedge, appealed to the farmers to come to the negotiating table, and announced that 5.500 of those arrested had been released.