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Greater Noida still on tenterhooks

Kapil Datta and Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times  Noida, February 23, 2011
First Published: 01:10 IST(23/2/2011) | Last Updated: 01:11 IST(23/2/2011)

Bhatta Parsaul in Greater Noida continued to remain tense despite the fact that the agitating farmers suspended their plan to disrupt the Delhi-Howrah rail route on Tuesday.

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A day after farmers were injured in a clash with policemen, a large number of policemen kept guarding the railway track throughout the day.

Thousands of farmers have been agitating at Bhatta Parsaul in Greater Noida's Dankaur area since January 17, protesting against the land acquisition policies of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) and demanding better deal for land acquired.

Om Prakash, a farmer said, "We fear for our life. We expect another round of assault on us to crush the agitation."

Additional police forces have been deployed in sensitive pockets to stop the sparks from flying. Farmers have made it clear that they would continue with the agitation, till their demands were met.

They are seeking support from various farmer organisations in western Uttar Pradesh to put pressure on the government.

Lawyers of the district have announced to stay off work for two days in support of the farmers. A fast-unto-death slated from Tuesday was, however, deferred after BJP leaders' intervention. 

Noisy scenes were witnessed when district magistrate Deepak Aggarwal and SSP SN Singh went to Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida, where injured farmers have been admitted.

The DM said, "We have assured the protesting farmers that the administration is open to discussing issues which can be redressed at the district level. As for policy decision issues, we will put forward their demands to authorities concerned. But violence will not be tolerated."

Meanwhile, an FIR was lodged against 200 unknown farmers on charges of assault.


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