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Mill owners relent, 60-day farmers' dharna ends


BIJNOR: After a 60-day deadlock, Chandpur and Bijnor sugar mills authorities relented and handed over a Rs 62 crores cheque to the district administration on Wednesday. It also marked the end of a 60-day farmers’ dharna in Bijnor.
At least 50,000 farmers were affected by the delay. Administration and farmers used all sorts of pressure tactics to ensure the mills give in to their demand.
According to officials, there are 10 sugar mills in UP which failed to pay farmers’ dues in time. These mills did not even clear the previous year’s dues. Out of these, two were from Bijnor district, including Bijnor and Chandpur owned by Chaddha group.
Farmers, who did not receive their dues, were facing a severe financial crisis. They sat on a dharna in Chandpur tehsil. Besides, agriculturists, under the banner of Azad Kisan Union, attempted to immolate in front of district magistrate office on February 4. Police, however, managed to disperse them.
The administration swung into action after coming under sustained pressure from the farmers.
District Magistrate Sujeet Singh had earlier summoned the mill owners. The Bijnor Police visited the Chaddha group’s head office in Noida three days ago.
On Wednesday, mill officers attended a meeting with the district magistrate. According to Bijnor mill’s administrative officer AK Singh, the mills have cleared all the previous year’s dues. AK Singh handed over the cheque to the district magistrate.
District cane officer Yashpal Singh also confirmed the development. “We have received a cheque from mills authorities on Wednesday. Farmers sitting on a dharna for 60 days have withdrawn their agitation,” he said.