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Admin tries to reach out to Bhatta Parsaul

While it will take time for life in Bhatta to limp back to normalcy following four months of off and on confrontation which turned into full-blown violence over the weekend, the administration is making it clear to people that "contentious" demands cannot be met.

india Updated: May 11, 2011 00:55 IST
Darpan Singh

It's balm after bullets. While it will take time for life in Bhatta to limp back to normalcy following four months of off and on confrontation which turned into full-blown violence over the weekend, the administration is making it clear to people that "contentious" demands cannot be met.

Top officials, including acting DM Sheetal Verma and SP (rural) RK Jolly, on Tuesday offered medicines and explained to fear-stricken women, children and the elderly "the importance of letting the process of development continue".

As part of a door-to-door campaign, they met villagers and convinced them for a meeting at a village school "to reflect and brace for the future".

After a clash with farmers on Saturday, the police went on a rampage, thrashed villagers, ransacked and set fire to houses, crops and vehicles to avenge the killing of two of their men, though two farmers also died. Now, the administration is trying to "reach out" to villagers.

Officials of rural development, agriculture, social welfare and health departments also reached Bhatta parsaul village and held a meeting with villagers.

"We tried to explain to them that the administration is not against farmers. We told them not to be influenced by a handful of people whose only aim is to resort to violence to suit the interests of some," an official told HT on the phone.

The team of officials told villagers to ask for their due through non-violent means. The police promised that bulk of the forces would begin moving out of the village by Tuesday night, though the outer areas will remain sealed. Farmer leader Manveer Singh Tewatia continues to be at large.

The administration on Tuesday sent in fire and medical services to Bhatta parsaul - the epicentre of the ongoing farmer agitation.