The protesters under the banner of Nabanirman Krushak Sanghathan (NHS), who earlier had created din in the Assembly by raising slogans from visitors' gallery, rushed towards the CM's motorcade and prevented his car from entering secretariat premises through the main gate.
    
As the demonstrators lay prostate on the road facing the main gate, Patnaik got stuck on the road for about five minutes before his vehicle took a turn to take him into the secretariat building through the back gate.
    
Later, the police charged towards the demonstrators and took 26 of them into custody.
    
"This is a criminal incident. We have registered cases against them and will take stringent action," the police said.
    
"This is a deaf government. We have been demanding bonus of Rs 500 per quintal of paddy as the cultivators have lost everything due to cyclone Phailin and subsequent floods. Our members are on hunger strike for last 15 days. Therefore, we protested in a democratic manner," NKS leader Akshya told reporters after being rounded up by the police.
    
Terming the incident as an act of ‘terrorism’, Panchayati Raj minister Kalpataru Das said that the group did not represent the farmers' community.
    
"They deliberately create such incident to draw media attention," Das said, adding that the government is in touch with ‘real’ farmer organizations.

(Agencies)

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