Farmers in Shahberi, where the Supreme Court quashed forcible acquisition of 156 hectares of land, have said the agreement, if reached, between the government and other Noida Extension villages, will not apply to them.
On Friday, Shahberi villagers discussed future plans and said their situation was different from other villages.
Intasaf Hussain, a farmer whose land was acquired and allotted to Amrapali Group, said, “We will not accept any such formula. Ours is a different case altogether. We're getting our land back following the court order. We will separately decide what to do with the land.”
“Because of the court order, we're getting close to what we deserved. Unlike other Noida Extension villages, more than 80% of our farmers had not accepted compensation. We never wanted to sell our land to the authority,” he said.
“This is why builders here readily agreed to stop work and hand over the land back to farmers,” he said.
Mohammad Naseem, Noor Mohammad and Salma Khatoon too echoed similar views.
“For negotiations with the authority, we will not depend on committees. The authority wants to benefit a select few and get the agreements signed,” said Neeraj Sharma.
“Any pact arrived at between committees should be put before the village panchayat for approval,” said Nazma Khatoon.
The authority has already issued notices to seven builders who had launched projects in Shahberi to return the land.