The sight of the Greater Noida authority’s demolition team on its way to remove illegal constructions sparked violence at Haibatput on Monday.
At least three persons were hurt when the protesters clashed with policemen accompanying the demolition squad.
The police, however, claimed that none was injured in the incident.
“The protesters’ resistance vanished after the use of mild force. No one was injured.
The demolition drive was conducted smoothly,” said DPS Yadav, station house officer, Bisrakh.
Personnel from two police stations and a company of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) were accompanying the demolition squad.
According to the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), the drive was carried out against those who had encroached upon the area which has been declared a green belt under the Greater Noida Master Plan.
“The bulldozers cleared encroachment from Gaur City till Tigri village,” said officer on special duty (OSD) Yoginder Yadav who led the demolition team.
Initially, farmers thought the team had come to demolish their constructions on abadi land. But they were relieved when they saw bulldozers moving towards the floodplains of Hindon.
“Farmers do not support land mafias. Our fight is only for our own ababdi land,” said Dushyant Nagar, a farmer leader.
At the demolition site, some of the affected families said they had bought land from a private coloniser at rates ranging from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 6000 per sq yard. Several of them claimed to have executed sale deeds as well.
“I had bought a 200sq yard plot for Rs. 9 lakh three months ago. I had constructed a boundary wall and started building a room,” said Deepak Chand. “Now the coloniser is missing,” Chand added.
The police have registered an FIR against 50 people for the violence.
“We have also asked the affected families to file complaints, if they were duped by builders,”said Praveen Kumar, senior superintendent of police.