Four constables and sub inspector were suspended for alleged dereliction of duty after farmers dumped heaps of rotten potatoes outside Uttar Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence in Lucknow on Saturday.
The farmer's were agitated that the government had fixed just Rs. 487 as the minimum support price for a quintal of potato, as opposed to their demand of Rs. 1000. The incident has occurred early that morning.
The Chief Minister said a group of ministers would be formed to examine and resolve agricultural issues. Charging previous government of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj party with ignoring farmers woes at the inauguration of the Mohiuddinpur sugar mill in Meerut District he said: "farmer welfare is my government priority. Don't fall into the traps laid by unscrupulous politicians".
Reacting to the protest Samajwadi Party National Secretary Rajendra Chaudhary said potato farmers in the state "are not even getting rupees two a kilogram are forced to dump the produce on roads".