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Irrigation ire at BDO

Burdwan, June 2: Farmers locked up for three hours a block development officer in her office in Burdwan to protest a delay in setting up submersible pumps for irrigation in Sijepara village.

Five pumps have been lying unused in the village for five years as there is no power connection to run them. The 300 acres to which the pumps were supposed to supply water have been lying fallow since last year because of lack of rain.

During the gherao, Burdwan-I BDO Sumita Sengupta called up the electricity department and requested that power be provided immediately to run the pumps.

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