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Cong demands judicial probe

india Updated: Jul 09, 2006 01:35 IST

THE CONGRESS today demanded a judicial probe into police lathicharge on farmers in Dadri. The party also wanted to know the rate at which 2,100 acres of land was given to the Reliance Energy Generation Limited (REGL) for the power project. 

Talking to newspersons here today, UPCC president Salman Khurshid and leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Pramod Tiwari said right from its inception there were doubts over the Dadri power plant.

Tiwari said the Congress had on several occasions exposed activities of the company in the State Assembly. However, the government had failed to come out clean on the issue.

Asking the government to explain conditions on which land was given to Reliance, Tiwari said there was no need to give such a huge piece of land to the company in an area close to the national capital. He said it would have been more beneficial if the land was in the backward areas of Bundelkhand or eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The Jan Morcha Alliance (JMA) also assailed the State Government for police action against farmers and the arrest of the former Prime Minister.

The alliance said the police resorted to firing and lathicharge on farmers, who had assembled at Dadri from Gautam Buddha Nagar, Baghpat, Bulandshahr and Ghaziabad.

CPI leader Ashok Mishra said police had been carrying out atrocities on farmers during the last 24 hours in the region. Mishra said there was undeclared curfew in the affected areas and movement of farmers had been stopped. He condemned police firing and lathicharge on farmers. The CPI would intensify movement on the issue, he added.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the NLP also assailed the government for its terror act against farmers. The party demanded President’s rule in UP.
The CPI (ML) also assailed the government for its action against farmers.

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