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Farmers Stir: Situation Tense In Western UP

Greater Noida/Agra, May 10: The situation was today tense but under control in parts of western UP hit by farmers' unrest over land acquisition as police released sketches of 24 trouble-makers who incited violence in

PTI [ Updated: May 10, 2011 20:21 IST ]
farmers stir situation tense in western up
farmers stir situation tense in western up

Greater Noida/Agra, May 10: The situation was today tense but under control in parts of western UP hit by farmers' unrest over land acquisition as police released sketches of 24 trouble-makers who incited violence in Agra and maintained a strict vigil.

The BJP has, meanwhile, called for a bandh in Greater Noida and Noida to protest police action on farmers. BJP workers were seen visiting markets and requesting shopkeepers to down their shutters in the two areas.

"The situation is normal and completely under control. To avert further trouble in Bhatta Parsaul village, where four persons, including two policemen were killed in clashes on Saturday, heavy deployment of force continues," a senior police officer said.

Along with civil police and Provincial Armed Constabulary, two companies of Rapid Action Force is also camping in the area.

In Greater Noida, police were making efforts to arrest Manveer Singh Tewatia, who allegedly instigated the farmers, and his five aides. Tewatia, who has more than 20 cases against him, has been leading the farmers' agitation at Bhatta-Parsaul since January 17. The state government has announced a reward of Rs.50000 for the arrest of Tewatia.

The Agra Police released posters of the trouble-makers based on the video footage of the violence in the district.

"We have released posters of 24 trouble makers so far which have been pasted in the village. Of them 15 have been identified by the villagers," DIG Agra Aseem Arun said.

He said the administration and police officers yesterday held a meeting with the villagers in Chalesar. "Four FIRs have been lodged in which 24 people have been named, but we are investigating throughly as some objections were raised by the villagers over the names," the DIG said.

After the police action on protestors in Greater Noida, several villagers were seen moving out of Bhatta village.

"All our male members are either missing or injured and admitted to hospital. To avoid 'harassment' from policemen it is better to move to our relative's place at a nearby village," said a woman who was going with her daughter to her relative's home.

The district administration has sent a medical team to Bhatta village to provide medical aid to the needy. Chief Medical Officer Vijay Deepak Verma said a three-member team of doctors has been sent to Bhatta village.

With many incidents of fire reported in the village, the fire department has stationed two fire tenders in Bhatta village.

Four persons, including two policemen, were killed when villagers clashed with security forces during an operation to rescue three roadways employees on Saturday last in Greater Noida.

A total of 13 innjured farmers have been admitted to hospitals in the aftermath of the clash. Doctors have described their condition as stable.

The condition of Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate Deepak Aggarwal and SSP SN Singh, who were injured in the clash, was stable, doctors attending on them said.

"There is complete peace in Noida, Agra and Aligarh and there is no report of any trouble," Inspector General of Police A P Maheshwari had told reporters yesterday.

After Saturday's violence and death of two farmers, Noida has turned into a political battleground for parties which have flayed the Uttar Pradesh government's land acquisition policy.

BJP leader Rajnath Singh and SP leaders Shivpal Singh Yadav and Mohan Singh were detained by police yesterday while attempting to reach Bhatta Parsaul village.

RLD, whose chief Ajit Singh was detained on Sunday, has constituted a five-member committee headed by state president Baba Hardeo Singh to probe the incident.

The committee has been directed to submit its report within a week's time, party spokesman Anil Dubey said.

22 people have been arrested so far in connection with the farmers' agitation in Greater Noida, Jail Superintendent Vereshwar Raj Sharma said, adding they are facing charges of rioting, assault and attempt to murder.

In Agra, police arrested RLD MLA Anil Chaudhry last evening and later released him as leaders of various parties held talks with farmers.

Sub Divisional Magistrate, Etmadpur, Rajesh Prajapati said that the administration has agreed to a demand of protesting farmers to protect and repair a Shiv temple on the acquired land.

Meanwhile, a large police contingent has been deployed along the highway and barriers have been erected by the police.

Condemning police action on farmers in Gautam Buddha Nagar, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi today demanded that a new law for rehabilitation of people displaced by land acquisition should be framed.

"We strongly condemn police action against the farmers in Greater Noida," Joshi told reporters in Lucknow.

"Though there is no support to the violence, but taking farmers land at a cheaper rates and permitting industrialists to misuse it is wrong," he said.

Joshi said that there is a report of commerce committee on special economic zone in which a detailed debate has been done on this issue.

"It has been recommended that agricultural land should not be given for any industry or housing project...if required it could only be given for defence purposes," he said.

He alleged that arbitrary acquisition of land has resulted in decline in agricultural production.

"Land in the national capital region is very fertile and giving it in this manner is absolutely wrong," he said.

"Thought should be given that while industrialists will make money, what will happen to the farmers, who will be rendered landless," he said.

"A law should be framed for rehabilitation which provides a formula of what is to be done. The government should look into basic principle," Joshi said. PTI

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