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Farmers protesting against land acquisition policy of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Authority in Bhatta Parsol village, Greater Noida. Photo: PTI

Farmers protesting against land acquisition policy of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Authority in Bhatta Parsol village, Greater Noida. Photo: PTI

UP is burning again. ET reports:

Violent protests by farmers against forcible acquisition of their land continued in Greater Noida and spread to other parts of western-Uttar Pradesh including Agra and Aligarh. Farmers clashed with the police which saw four people dead even as protestors set on fire the offices of JP Infratech which is constructing the Yamuna Expressway from Noida to Agra.

The fresh protests by farmers clearly indicates that the new land acquisition policy brought by the Mayawati government last year after similar agitation’s has failed to click with farmers still reluctant to hand over their land for building of townships and expressways by business houses.

Trouble started in Bhatta Parsaul village of Greater Noida on Saturday when agitating farmers held three UP State Road Transport Corporation employees captive to protest against acquisition of their agricultural land. The situation turned violent when the police reached the spot to get the three government employees released.

Mishandling of the situation led to firing between the farmers group and the police which saw the District Magistrate of Gautambudh Nagar Deepak Agarwal being shot in the leg. Two police men and a farmer were also killed as both fought a pitched battle for several hours.

The police raided the houses of several villagers misbehaving with women and children and later allegedly torched several homes, which were seen burning through the night.

Yamuna Expressway alignment map

There were reports of womenfolk in the villages claiming that hundreds of men have been missing since Sunday night with no trace of their being in police custody.

BS added:

Meanwhile, the state government had announced a reward of Rs 50,000 on farmers’ leader Manvir Singh Tewatiya. According to police, he was the main instigator of violence and was absconding.

The situation continues to be tense in Greater Noida with senior state government officials keeping a close tab on the situation.

Opposition parties, including Samajwadi Party, Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party have squarely blamed the Mayawati government for the clashes.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

May 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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  1. […] it. Witness Rahul Gandhi’s publicity stunts in the last two day in UP, where there have been sporadic clashes regarding the land acquired for the Yamuna Expressway project. The Hindu reports the farcical […]

  2. […] on Saturday arrested farmer leader Manveer Tevatia, wanted since May 7 in connection with the violence over land acquisition in Bhatta-Parsaul, from Hauz Khaz area of South Delhi on Saturday. The police said that acting on a tip off, they […]

  3. […] has been strongly opposed in the recent past by landholding farmers. Agitation in Bengal and UP grabbed headlines: especially since irrigated land, suitable for crops was preferentially being […]

  4. […] to land acquisitions by landholding farmers in the preceding years. Agitation in Bengal and UP grabbed headlines: especially since irrigated land, suitable for crops was preferentially being […]


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