Jaisalmer: Protesting against the acquisition of 4,744 bighas from seven villages for the first phase of Shivkar lignite project, affected farmers under the Legal Mitra Sanstha launched a dharna outside the Barmer district collectorate on Wednesday.
Earlier, the farmers had taken out a silent march from Gandhi Chowk to the collector’s office. The general public too participated against the government’s non-transparent land acquisition policy. The e farmers and Legal Mitra’s secretary Ritesh Sharma submitted a 45-page memorandum to district collector Bhanu Prakash Atru and later sat for the dharna. Sharma claimed that the government on the pretext of public interest is acquiring land according to “its whims and fancies. Sharma said it is not fair to deprive farmers from animal husbandry and agriculture .