Tension prevailed in Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida) and Agra on Monday as the police conducted raids in surrounding villages to nab absconding farmer leaders, including the 'main accused' Manbir Singh Tewatiya.
The opposition political parties leaders, including former national president of BJP, Rajnath Singh, Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav were taken into custody by the police on the Delhi- Noida border, while they were on way to Bhatta Parsaul village.
The national president of Rashtriya Lok Dal, Ajit Singh and Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikat had courted similar arrests on Sunday.
The opposition, including Congress, BJP, Samawadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal demanded the resignation of chief minister Mayawati, alleging that the state government was acquiring the land of the farmers forcibly.
Talking to journalists in Lucknow, the national president of Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh Yadav said, instead of commiting atrocities on farmers the state government should hold talks with them.
“The cops have ransacked the houses of the farmers and set their tractors as well as belongings afire”, Yadav said.
The BJP state unit is observing a 'black day' in west UP on Monday, in protest against the acquisition of land. The party has called for a Gautam Buddha Nagar bandh on May 10 while the state BJP president Surya Pratap Shahi demanded a CBI probe over the acquisition of land.
The state government was acquiring agriculture land forcibly, that led to the clash between farmers and cops.
Police forces have been deployed in five villages of Agra including Chuaghan, Gadhi Rami, Banjra, Chaleshar and Etmadpur. On Monday the agitating farmers had blocked the roads and ransacked the office of the construction agency.
The state police have launched a manhunt for the president of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Manbir Singh Tewatiya even as the state government announced a reward of Rs 50,000 on Monday.
The state government has also announced a reward on five farmer leaders including Gaje Singh, Kiranpal Singh and Manoj (Rs 10,000 each). Reward of Rs 15,000 was announced on Premvir and Neeraj Mullick.
The DGP, Karamvir Singh said 11 companies of PAC and 2 companies of RAF have been deployed in the village.
The DG (PAC), RK Tewari and special DG (law and order), Brij Lal visited Bhatta, Parsaul and Acheeypur villages to take stock of ground reality. The situation in all the three villages is currently under control.