The Allahabad high court on Tuesday reserved its order on petitions seeking a CBI probe into a clash at the twin villages of Bhatta-Parsaul in Greater Noida in May last year. Two two farmers and two policemen were killed in the violence.
In January, too, the court had reserved its judgment and the move came as a setback to political parties which wanted to use the Bhatta-Parsaul case to their advantage. Police and farmers had fought a pitched battle with the latter seeking greater compensation for their land acquired by the government.
The court was likely to pronounce the order in March. The petitions had been filed by Atul Sharma and other residents of Bhatta-Parsaul. The BSP government had ordered a CB-CID probe into the matter. But the petitioners wanted a CBI enquiry for “transparency.”
The Greater Noida police lodged two FIRs, in October and November last year, against more than 30 cops in connection with the alleged rape of two women during the agitation. Both FIRs were lodged on a local court’s orders. In December, the same local court rejected two petitions seeking an order to the police to lodge FIRs against top police and administrative officials for murder of two farmers during the Bhatta-Parsaul violence.
These petitioners approached the CJM court, when the police refused to lodge cases against their own colleagues. They had alleged policemen went on the rampage when male members were on the run, fearing a police backlash.
The anti-land acquisition agitation in May pitched Congress’ Rahul Gandhi against Mayawati. During his rallies, Rahul raked up the Bhatta-Parsaul issue time and again to corner Mayawati. Various central agencies have rallied behind Rahul and put pressure on the state government, leading to FIRs against policemen for Bhatta “atrocities.” But despite all this, BSP candidate from Jewar, which covers Bhatta-Parsaul, won the election.