2,000 farmers charged with stealing water

LUCKNOW – The state government has booked nearly 2,000 farmers in drought-stricken Bundelkhand on a rare charge — that of stealing water.

The move has provoked an outcry from local farmers and politicians who argue that water should be available to all, free of charge — an issue being debated across the globe.

“If a single farmer is arrested, we’ll fill the jails with thousands of farmers,” threatened peasant leader Ramratan Gurudev from Mahoba, the district where 12 first information reports have been registered against 1,924 farmers at three police stations.

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Source : The Telegraph (Calcutta)

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