MULTAN - At least three activists of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) got burnt when they tried to gut cotton during a protest rally against low rate of cotton here on Tuesday.

The rally started from the office of Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) and terminated at Kalma Chowk where the protesters stage a sit-in. The injured were rushed to Nishtar Hospital for medical aid. Holding placards and banners inscribed with their demands, the PKI activists carried out non-stop sloganeering against the government and put their cotton produce on fire as a sign of resentment. The protesters were led by the PKI president Ch Muhammad Anwar. The speakers demanded the government on this occasion to fix cotton price at Rs40,00 per 40 kg and sugarcane Rs200. They added that the prices of all agricultural inputs went sky high while on the other hand the rate of agricultural produces declined horrible. Resultantly, the farmers are faced with the worst ever crisis of their history, they added. They warned that the farmers would not be in a position to sow wheat if the government did not make any move for their rescue.