As Tomato Prices Soar, Farmer's ₹2 Lakh Worth Produce Stolen In Bengaluru

As Tomato Prices Soar, Farmer's ₹2 Lakh Worth Produce Stolen In Bengaluru

Bengaluru, July 23 (TNA) Even as tomato prices continue to surge, creating an unsafe environment for farmers to transport their valuable produce, miscreants targeted a farmer transporting tomatoes worth ₹2 lakh in a Mahindra Bolero jeep. The theft occurred after the farmer's vehicle accidentally touched another car, resulting in a minor altercation.

Demanding ₹10,000 as compensation for their damaged car, the occupants of the other vehicle forced the driver and farmer to an isolated location in Budigree. After abandoning them there, the miscreants fled with the Bolero, carrying around 210 crates of tomatoes. The farmer and driver managed to report the incident to the police at the RMC yard police station.

A case has been registered under sections 379 and 390 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for theft and robbery, respectively. The police are currently investigating the matter, analyzing CCTV footage to identify the culprits responsible for the theft.

With tomato prices at a record high, incidents like these highlight the vulnerability of farmers and the need for vigilance. Authorities advise farmers across the state to remain cautious while transporting their produce.

In the wake of the tomato price surge, it is essential for the government and stakeholders to address the issue and implement measures to stabilize the market and ensure the safety of farmers and their produce.

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