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Aggrieved farmer sets cotton bags ablaze

Aggrieved farmer sets cotton bags ablaze Aggrieved farmer sets cotton bags ablaze

Fed up with the attitude of the Cotton Corporation of India CCI staff manning the purchase centre at the cotton market yard, one of the aggrieved cotton-growers allegedly set ablaze a few bags containing unsold cotton here on Saturday.

Over six cotton bags were damaged in the incident. Timely intervention of farmers and staff of the market yard averted a major fire at the yard.

Sources said that Gade Upender of Gopalraopet in Kusumanchi mandal turned furious when one of the CCI staff members allegedly refused to buy his cotton produce citing guidelines Upender, who had been reportedly camping at the yard since Thursday, pleaded with the CCI staff to purchase his 67 bags of cotton produce without further delay considering his ordeal. However, the staff at the purchase centre reminded him of the criteria for the purchase of cotton of the quality parameters Irked over their attitude, Upender allegedly set afire his cotton bags in a fit of rage.

On noticing smoke emanating from the bags that caught fire, fellow farmers doused the flames with the help of the staff. Revenue Divisional Officer, Khammam, V. Venkateshwarlu, discussed the grievances of the farmers with the CCI staff and asked the latter to purchase the entire cotton produce of all farmers in an expeditious manner.