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Why was 14,000 litres of milk spilt on Odisha roads?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 May 2016, 12:58 IST

The roads in Bargarh town on Odisha were washed in 14,000 litres of milk on 12 May after dairy farmers emptied their cans and opened the valve of an milk tanker while protesting against the state-owned Odisha State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (Omfed).

The farmers of Bheden and Atabira were reportedly angered by the Omfed authorities' decision to refuse their milk on grounds of adulteration.

At first, 8,000 litres of milk were poured from the cans onto the road near Gandhi Square. The farmers then stopped an Omfed tanker carrying 6,000 litres to a chilling plant, opened the valve of the tanker and let the milk flow on the road.

According to news reports, the farmers had been warned by the Omfed authorities against adulterating the milk by adding caustic soda and sugar.

However, the farmers alleged that the authorities should have acted against the defaulters instead of refusing to buy milk from farmers across the board.

First published: 13 May 2016, 12:58 IST