Disgruntled farmers from 39 villages on Wednesday staged a protest in Greater Noida west (Noida Extension) and ploughed real estate sites, creating fresh trouble for about 60 builders.
Around 11am, more than 300 farmers on nearly 100 tractors reached the plots allotted to builders for group housing projects and sowed wheat and jwar seeds. The agitation went on till 4pm in the evening.
“We will harvest our crops at the builders’ site as this land belongs to us till we get proper compensation,” said Ajay Pradhan, a farmer leader.
The farmers also vandalised several builders’ offices and manhandled their staff and guards who tried to intervene.
Seeking a resolution of land-related issues, the farmers have told developers not to resume any housing project till their demands were fulfilled by the Greater Noida authority.
The farmers have been demanding a 64% hike in land compensation and allotment of developed plots equal to 10% of the land acquired as per an Allahabad High Court order in October 2011.
They are also demanding regularisation of abadi land in their villages. Since the Samajwadi Party came back to power in UP, the Greater Noida authority has not resolved a single case related to abadi land.
Amid violence during the two-day Bharat Bandh called by trade unions, the UP Police had been unable to provide any protection to builders in Greater Noida west.
“If any builder dares to resume construction or tampers with crops, they will face the consequences. We will keep staging protests till the authority doesn’t resolve our grievances. How can we allow construction of houses on our land when our issues have not been addressed,” said Manveer Bhati of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti.
The farmers damaged landscaped lawns of several builders. “The farmers stormed into our site with tractors. When we tried to stop them they started beating us. They damaged all the green patches and created ruckus for several hours,” said a site manager.
A builder has lodged an FIR against several farmers for damage to property and assault on staff.
Meanwhile, another group of farmers staged a protest outside the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), forcing officials to shut down the office. The protesters also raised slogans against Greater Noida authority CEO Rama Raman for not addressing their grievances.
The CEO, however, refused to comment on the issue.