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Bhatta verdict only after polls

india Updated: Jan 16, 2012 23:50 IST
HT Correspondents

The Allahabad high court on Monday reserved verdict on a public interest petition seeking a CBI probe into the firing incident last May in Bhatta Parsaul, Greater Noida.

The farmers, who were demanding higher compensation for the land the state government was acquiring, had fought a pitched battle with the police.

A division bench comprising justice Imityaz Murtaza and justice VK Dixit reserved its verdict, and the judgment will come in March. This means the verdict in the case, which led to intense politicising, is now likely to be delivered after the UP assembly elections.

The state goes to polls next month and after a seven-phase voting, counting of votes is scheduled to take place on March 6.

The petitioners had demanded a CBI inquiry into the police firing incident of May 7, 2011 when a clash between the agitating farmers and the administration had also left many others, including the then District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar, badly injured.

Violence had erupted in the village when a number of policemen and administrative officials reached there and demanded the release of state transport corporation personnel allegedly being held hostage by the agitating farmers.

The episode had kicked off a major political storm in the wake of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi visiting the village and alleging that some villagers had complained to him that some of the protesters were burnt alive and women were raped by policemen.