Violence after farmers take 3 hostage in Greater Noida

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    Violence after farmers take 3 hostage in Greater Noida
    India - 7 may 2011

    NEW DELHI: Farmers in Greater Noida took three roadways employees of Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) hostage on Friday night at Bhatta Parsol demanding higher compensation for their land acquired by the state government for construction of a bus terminus.

    The farmers have announced that this time they will not release the hostages till they are allowed to meet the chief minister.

    The agitation turned violent on Saturday after the farmers clashed with police personnel. Two PAC jawans were reportedly killed in firing by the farmers who were using illegal firearms in retaliation to the use of force by police. Some policemen were also beaten up.

    Police forces resorted to the use of lathicharge and tear gas shells on agitating farmers. District magistrate Deepak Agarwal was injured during the clashes.

    The farmers have been demanding that only half their lands should be acquired and the rest should be handed over to the farmers after development. They also want 25% reservation for farmers in all schemes of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna expressway. Apart from this, farmers also want the authorities to give 120 sq m plots to landless farmers and a compensation of Rs 5 lakh.

    The transport officials had gone to survey for new bus routes in Bhatta Parsaul Greater Noida. The villagers even threatened to disrupt the F1 racing track and Yamuna expressway projects on Saturday.

    The farmers have refused to talk to the district administration and said that they would only release the officials after UP chief minister Mayawati intervenes in the matter.

    Earlier, agitating farmers of Bhatta Parsaul village had on March 26 held hostage two government officials.

    The incident began on Friday morning when two officials Durgesh Bhardwaj, Niranjan Das and their driver Jitender went to conduct a survey for a new bus route between Noida-Dankaur-Jhajjhar road in a UPSRTC bus. As they reached the Bhatta Parsaul area, the agitating farmers stopped the bus and held the occupants hostage. The victims were taken to a nearby house and locked. Farmers have also threatened to set the bus afire if their demands are not met.

    Manveer Tawatiya, leader of agitating farmers, said that they will not talk to the administration anymore and the UPSRTC employees would be released only after the UP chief minister intervenes into the matter.

    "We have already alerted farmers from many villages. More than 10,000 farmers will reach the F1 track on Saturday and dig it up. If the administration tries to disrupt our movement on Saturday, we will reply with bullets," Taiwatiya had said.



    Source: The Times of India
     
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