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Jailed Bhatta farmers: more than 100 stage sit-in

india Updated: Sep 15, 2012 23:45 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times
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More than 100 villagers, including women, from Bhatta-Parsaul staged a sit-in on Saturday to press for the early release of jailed farmers.

Nine farmers, including Manvir Singh Tevatia who spearheaded the Bhatta agitation, are in jail for their alleged role in the violence that took place in May last year.

The sit-in continued late into the evening when the women protesters were pacified by a senior police officer.

“I told them that the Uttar Pradesh government has started the process of withdrawal of cases. Once we receive the orders, the cases would be withdrawn,” said Rajesh Kumar, senior sub-inspector, Dankaur police station.

Nutan Tevatia, wife of Manvir Tevatia, said, “On Monday, we will also contact the chief minister’s office. Today, farmers became impatient as they came to know that the office has released a letter allowing the withdrawal of cases.”

In May this year, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had assured a delegation of farmers that criminal cases lodged against their relatives would be withdrawn soon.