The farmers of six villages near Hansi on Sunday stopped the construction work of the bypass road on the Hisar-Delhi national highway.
Led by Maharaj Chandanpuri of Samadha temple, the farmers asked the engineers and labourers to leave the site and started a dharna near the construction site.
Chandanpuri told reporters that the compensation being given by the government was only Rs 25 lakh per acre whereas it should have been at least Rs 1 crore per acre; besides, one member each of the families of the farmers whose land had been acquired be given a government job as the farmers totally depended on the land.
He said, "The farmers in Rohtak and Jind have been paid compensation amounting to Rs 1 crore but the government is discriminating against the local farmers. We will not allow the construction of the bypass till the government increases the compensation."
No government officer and representative came to meet the protesting farmers till the filing of this report.