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Farmers begin hunger strike

The farmers of Greater Faridabad began their hunger strike on Monday, outside the office of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Faridabad. Prabhu Razdan reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 30, 2010 23:29 IST
Prabhu Razdan

The farmers of Greater Faridabad began their hunger strike on Monday, outside the office of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Faridabad.

The farmers are demanding further enhancement in compensation for their land.

The first batch of 11 farmers of Kherikalla village went on the hunger strike from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday.

This would be followed by farmers of Kherikhurd village on Tuesday.

"The hunger strike will continue tomorrow and on the following days," said Satpal Narwat, Convenor of Kisaan Sangarsh Samiti.

Meanwhile, the land compensation issue has given some political parties a readymade issue to cash in on.

While BJP leaders, including Haryana BJP Chief Krishenpal Gujjar openly supported villagers, Haryana Janhit Congress chief Kuldeep Vaishnoi participated in today's hunger strike briefly and left.

"The government has increased the compensation almost three times," Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad Praveen Kumar told Hindustan Times over the phone.