Amid soaring fuel costs, farmers undertake peaceful protest; demand 50% cut

Amid escalating fuel prices, the Kisan Ekta Morcha on Thursday held a peaceful protest against the same. Taking to Twitter in the morning, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) had announced its intention for agitate in large groups at various locations. Going by social media posts, they are seeking a reduction of fuel costs to have its present price.

"Today, SKM calls for a protest against rising prices of fuel wherein, large groups of farmers will reach at various locations. The demonstration will be peaceful without any impact on usual movement on roads," read a message from the Kisan Ekta Morcha.

Over the last few weeks, petrol prices have crossed the Rs 100 mark in several parts of the country, triggering outrage and criticism. On Thursday, prices hit a record high in the national capital, with petrol retailing at Rs 100.56 per litre and diesel at Rs 89.62 per litre.

Other states have also witnessed an increase in the prices of petrol and diesel. Rates have been increased across the country and differ from state to state depending on the incidence of value-added tax. In Kolkata, petrol is now being sold at Rs 100.62 per litre and diesel prices and diesel at Rs 92.65 a litre today.

In Mumbai, where petrol price crossed Rs 100 mark for the first time ever on May 29, the fuel price reached a new high of Rs 106.59 per litre on Thursday. Diesel price also increased in the city by 9 paise per litre to reach Rs 97.18 a litre, the highest among metros.

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