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NHRC team visits Bhatta village

india Updated: May 25, 2011 00:06 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times
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An investigation team of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday visited Bhatta-Parsaul to look into complaints of police atrocities after a farmers' protest in the villages.

The members of the team went to the affected areas and met the villagers.

The team, led by senior superintendent of police (SSP) Viplav Kumar, went to deceased farmer Rajpal's house and heard complaints of his family members. The members talked to women too who were allegedly assaulted by the policemen.

Two farmers and two Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) men were killed in the Bhatta violence on May 7.

District magistrate Deepak Aggarwal, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Vishal Singh and other senior officers accompanied the team.

"The team took round of the two villages and saw the ground realities and talked to some persons. It reached the villages at 10am and left at 4pm. It will visit the area for next three days too. From Wednesday they will record the statements of the residents and victims," SDM Vishal Singh told HT.

The rights body had said that it had received complaints about police trespassing into villagers' houses, outraging women's dignity and mercilessly lathicharging farmers demanding more compensation for their land acquired by the government.

Meanwhile, Bhatta residents refused to talk to Uttar Pradesh minister Ved Ram Bhatti who had gone to meet them on Tuesday.

Two days ago Gautam Budha Nagar MP Surinder Singh Nagar had visited the village and heard the villagers' grievances and atrocities committed on them. He had assured them that innocent farmers will not be arrested.

Nagar had won the Lok Sabha seat on BSP ticket and defeated the BJP candidate.