It’s common to see armed personnel guarding vehicles carrying commodities like gold, currency notes or expensive electronic items. Tomato transporting trucks have now been given armed security protection at Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
The tomato price has sky rocketed to such an extent that it has been classified as the most expensive vegetable at Indore’s Devi Ahilya Bai Holker vegetable bazaar. Armed security guards now stand ground near the vehicles and at the stalls selling tomatoes inside the bazaar.
At the height of production the price of tomato plummeted to less than 1 per kg two fortnights ago. Madhya Pradesh farmers in the recent protests had dumped many vegetable stocks on the roads. Heavy rains at other tomato harvesting regions have also destroyed considerable produce.
The price of tomato was nearly Rs 100 per Kg in the Bazaar, vowing to the shortage in supply and stocks.
“Security of tomatoes with its skyrocketing prices has become a cause of concern for the wholesalers. Recntly, some thieves attacked a tomato carrying truck and looted 2 tons of tomatoes in Dihsar, Mumbai on July 15. This has added to Indore businessmen’s concern,” said Santosh Narang, a wholesaler of the bazaar, according to the HT report.
To secure the tomatoes and to keep them safe from being stolen the business men had requested security cover from the bazaar administration. The bazaar administration then appointed over half a dozen security guards armed with rifles. The guards provide security to the transport vehicles and even inside the bazaar at the market hours.
The Bazaar administration official reported more than 11 trucks containing tomatoes arrived on Saturday. They armed guards kept vigil in the process.
“The businessmen had forwarded a letter demanding adequate security arrangements particularly during offloading the trucks with tomatoes. The security guards were after the request.” said Ramesh Sawadiya, Bazaar Inspector
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