Farmers in several states stayed away from mandis or wholesale markets to protest against the government and its poor policies on the first day of the ten-day long stir. Protesting farmers dumped vegetables, milk and other farm produce on roads and blocked supplies to cities in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. Farmers said that they are in no mood to compromise and want the government to fulfill the demands of a complete loan waiver, higher minimum support price and adequate compensation for the damaged crops. Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh (RKMM) national convenor Shiv Kumar Sharma said that the ‘Gaon Bandh’ stir, as the protest has been titled, is being held across 22 states, adding that farmers will not go to cities as they don’t want to create inconvenience to people. He said that on the last day of the stir on June 10, farmers organisations will observe a Bharat Bandh till 2pm. He also appealed to the traders to join their Bharat Bandh call on June 10 to pay tribute to the six farmers who were killed in police firing in Mandsaur on June 6 last year.