A mass movement took place in 1983 in Tumkur district. In the villages of Barka and Holatalli, the peasants marched to the local nursery and pulled out eucalypt seedlings and planted tamarind seeds in their place. They made it clear to the Forest Range Officer that they were only against eucalypts and not against any other variety of saplings. They told forest officials that they would cooperate with them in the planting of other species. The police arrested some of the agitators but were at a loss when villagers thronged forward offering to court arrest. The police was helpless against 1500 villagers and finally released all of them. A few days later, another big gathering took place in the village of Neginahall. The villagers decided to continue their actions against eucalypts. The forest nursery at Buddhigavi became the target. As the eucalypt saplings were pulled out, the police came and arrested the people. They were severely beaten up. However, when the police van carrying the arrested persons approached the village, the entire village, including women, came out in support of the victims. The police had to resort to lathi charge and the bursting of tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. The cause of this was a scarcity of fodder, fuel and fertilisers in the villages adjacent to the plantations. It became evident within 6–7 years. As the saplings grew into trees, they cropped up an additional problem: water scarcity. Also, large landowners had started cultivating eucalypts instead of staple crops such as ragi. As a result, the demand for labourers has been reduced drastically and the price of ragi has gone up.