Farmers Protest in Hassan as Society Allegedly Refused to Buy Milk For Voting For Congress

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Villagers allege that the cooperative society secretary refused to take milk claiming that they did not vote for the JD(S)

Villagers of Somanahalli, near Hassan in Karnataka, staged a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner office on Wednesday, complaining that the milk producers’ cooperative society in the village refused to take milk from them for allegedly voting for Congress candidate in the Lok Sabha elections.

According to villagers, the society had been run by people associated with the JD(S) and the secretary of the society had allegedly refused to take milk from them, Maktoob Media reported.

Usually, milk collected from villagers is sent to Hassan milk union by milk producers’ cooperative societies.

In return, milk producers are paid weekly by the union.

The protesters accused Somanahalli Nagaraju, president of Hassan District Cooperative Central Bank, and other leaders of the JD(S) of pressurising the local milk producers’ society.

The protesters submitted a memorandum to the DC.

However, the Managing Director of Hassan Cooperative Milk Producers’ Society Union (HAMUL) H. Mahesh, told The Hindu that he would look into the allegation. “The process of collecting milk from producers has nothing to do with any political party, caste, or other identity. Societies cannot refuse to take milk on such grounds,” he added.

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