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Monday,12 Mar 2018 08:11 AM IST

Mumbai turns to a complete red as more than 30000 farmers entered the city yesterday evening as part of their long march that began from Nashik where the farmers crossed the distance by foot.

Mumbai police have raked up security in the city as the farmers plan to gherao the Vidhan Sabha to press their demands for loan waiver and the implementation of previous assurances announced by the government.

Several political parties have publicly announced their support for the protest which is being organised under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha. Meanwhile the Maharashtra government is chalking out strategies to settle the issue as CM Devendra Fadnavis has invited five representatives from the Kisan Sabha.

The protest march to the assembly house will be commenced on 11am today as the Kisan Sabha representatives informed that they have opted for 11am in order to avoid any chaos for students who are writing the board exams. The farmers are currently camped near Ghatkopar.

The farmers have staged the protest to ensure exact support price for crops, increase compensation, implement forest rights, hike agricultural pension, implement M S Swaminathan report at the earliest and many more such demands.

The farmers have demanded that all their requirements should be considered and put into action before the end of March. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced a debt support scheme of Rs 34000 when the farmers began their intense protests earlier. But the agricultural organisations allege that the government failed to deliver the assurances.

According to the Crime Records Bureau, 60000 farmers have ended their life from 1995 to 2013 and that has urged organisations to protest against the government and ensure the well-being of the farmers.

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