Amid the talks of Bhatta-Parsaul land acquisition issue, which led to large-scale violence exactly a year ago, police constables Manohar Singh and Manveer Singh, who were killed in the clashes, are often forgotten.
Manveer was a resident of Bulandshahar and was posted as a security guard of the then Meerut inspector general (IG) of police. His wife Shashi Singh is looking after their three kids -- Sushil, Upasana and Sumit – at the Meerut police lines.
Manohar Singh was a resident of Baghpat. He was posted in Bulandshahar and had been sent to Bhatta when things began getting out of control. his wife Munesh Singh is living with their two kids –- Nikhil (8) and Satyam (5) –- in the same police lines.
"The government gives money and shelters. But nothing can substitute the presence of a husband and a father," they said.
On the government side, there were other victims, too. Sometime before the clash, two senior government officials -- deputy CEO of the Yamuna expressway authority RK Singh and deputy collector SP Singh -- were abducted by agitating farmers and released after the administration set arrested protesters free.
Only a couple of days prior to the clashes, farmers held hostage three staff members of the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC). They had gone to the village to chalk out a new bus route in Bhatta-Parsaul area. Farmers stopped the bus and held the three staff hostage. There were rescued in the midst of the clashes.