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Haryana's Rewari area calm, highway traffic restored

chandigarh Updated: Jul 23, 2012 13:07 IST
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An uneasy calm settled over here on Monday, a day after violent clashes between farmers and police over land acquisition left about 50 injured, as protestors were persuaded to lift the blockade of the busy Delhi-Jaipur national highway (NH)-8).

Police sources said that the farmers agreed to hold talks with the state government within the next three days to resolve the issue of land acquisition.

It was only after assurance from the state government through the district administration that the farmers agreed to lift the blockade.

No official of the district administration, the police or the state government was willing to comment on the issue. The farmers' leaders also have kept mum on their future action.

According to sources, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has agreed to meet the agitating farmers to resolve the issue.

Over 50 people, including 40 police personnel, were injured on Sunday as an agitation by farmers turned violent near Asalwas village in the district.

The farmers, who were opposing acquisition of their lands, had gathered for a mahapanchayat to discuss the acquisition of over 3,000 acres of land by the state government in over 20 villages for setting up an industrial area.

Police officers, including two women officers, were cornered and beaten up by the protestors.

"Immediately after the mahapanchayat, the members of Sangharsh Samiti blocked the National Highway No.8. Despite repeated requests to lift the blockade, they did not pay any heed and resorted to violence. A woman deputy superintendent of police, along with 40 other personnel, was injured," a spokesperson said.

Earlier this month, the farmers had damaged government property and vehicles to protest the land acquisition. The police had booked 400 farmers for that violent incident.