Mumbai: Farmers complete 180-km protest march, reach Azad Maidan to demand loan waiver

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 12, 2018, 05:06 AM(IST)

File photo of the farmers' protest. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

Protesting farmers have finally completed their 180-km march as they reached Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Monday to protest outside the Vidhan Bhavan. 

The six-day long march, called by Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha (ABKS) affiliated with the CPI(M), began on March 6 from the CBS chowk in Nashik.

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Farmers have been walking with blistered feet under the scorching sun from last six days, sighting difficulty for the office goers and the students appearing for board examinations on Monday. 

The farmers reached Thane toll on Saturday and following a night-halt, they marched towards Sion on Sunday. 

After resting for nearly three hours at Somaiya ground, they started marching towards Azad Maidan at 1 am.

Today, they plan to surround the state assembly to press for their demands for a complete loan waiver, fair pay and transfer of adivasi land to farmers who have been tilling it for years. 

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The protestors are also demanding to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.

The tribals have joined the protest in huge numbers. The huge crowd reached Azad Maidan around 5 am. 

The protestors had camped at the KJ Somaiya Ground before marching towards Azad Maidan, a large ground designated for protests in South Mumbai, shortly after midnight.

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