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Gorakhpur Kisan Sangharsh Samiti dharna reaches 600th day

Agitating farmers of the Gorakhpur Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, sitting on a dharna outside the mini-secretariat here in protest against the proposed nuclear plant, completed 600 days of their sit-in on Sunday.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 02, 2012 13:32 IST
HT Correspondent

Agitating farmers of the Gorakhpur Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, sitting on a dharna outside the mini-secretariat here in protest against the proposed nuclear plant, completed 600 days of their sit-in on Sunday.

Three farmers had died due to cold in course of the agitation.

Ever since the Haryana government announced to acquire 1,400 acres of three villages - Gorakhpur, Kajalheri and Kumharia - for setting up the Gorakhpur Atomic Power Project (GAPP), residents of the three villages had been divided into two groups.

One group, led by Hans Raj Siwach, formed the Gorakhpur Kisan Sangharsh Samiti and has been opposing the establishment of the nuclear plant.

The second group, led by Ramphal Siwach, formed the Parmanu Lagao Samiti.

The state government had offered Rs 20 lakh per acre for non-irrigated land and Rs 32 lakh per acre for the irrigated land only to be denied by both the groups. Members of the Parmanu Lagao Samiti demanded better price. On March 30, residents of 29 villages organised a protest march in Fatehabad against the nuclear plant.

All major political parties supported their cause. Hans Raj Siwach had said: "Agriculture is our only occupation. When the Supreme Court has issued directions to set up nuclear plants only on non-fertile land, why the centre and state government are hell bent on acquiring fertile land. It is unwise to establish the nuclear power plant in a thickly populated area," he had added.

A delegation of farmers met social activist Anna Hazare in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, and were assured that he would visit Haryana and Punjab in May.