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Noida village moves HC, seeks land back

Despite an agreement between all 54 villages and the Noida authority on July 30, farmers of Sorkha have moved the Allahabad High Court, seeking de-notification of their 442 hectares of land.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2011 23:08 IST
Darpan Singh

Despite an agreement between all 54 villages and the Noida authority on July 30, farmers of Sorkha have moved the Allahabad High Court, seeking de-notification of their 442 hectares of land.

The court has sent a notice to the Noida authority and said it would hear the case on August 17. The land of Sorkha village falls in 8 sectors in Noida — 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 113, 116 and 117.

Real estate players such as Amrapali, Supertech, Unitech, Gaursons, Ajnara and Gardenia are building about 20,000 houses in these pockets. The development is important as Sorkha had been spearheading the farmers’ agitation in Noida till the agreement was reached on July 30.

If the farmers — 3 petitions representing about 100 farmers have been filed in the court-succeed in their plan to take back their land, this would mean bad news for homebuyers in Noida, who had begun thinking the worst was
over.

Noida chairman Balvinder Kumar said, “Yes, we have got a high court notice. We are preparing our reply and will file it in court before August 17. There will not be any out-of-court settlement with Sorkha now.”

“The petitions had been filed before the July 30 agreement. But Sorkha farmers have not withdrawn it. It’s a clear breach of agreement. They cannot keep blackmailing us,” said another senior official.

Sorkha village head Naresh Yadav said, “There are hundreds of farmers in Sorkha who’re not happy with the July 30 agreement. Our land was acquired using the urgency clause for industrial development but it was allotted to builders.

Farmers don’t want more money; they want their land back.”

Another group trashes agreement
Another group of farmers in Sorkha have also refused to accept the July 30 agreement and moved the district court, seeking increased compensation.

Dharampal Yadav, a farmer, said, “About 30 farmers have moved court, which has issued notice to 10 builders. The matter will be heard on August 24.” Since July 20, farmers of Sorkha and 9 bordering villages have been staging dharnas at the sector 74 crossing.

The agitation was stopped only for a day — July 30 — when the agreement was reached.

Meanwhile, Gaje Singh who was wanted for the Bhatta violence on May 7 surrendered on Monday in a local court. The government had announced a reward of Rs 15,000 for his arrest.

Main accused Manvir Singh Tevatia has already been arrested.