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Uttar Pradesh farmers to continue stir

india Updated: Aug 19, 2010 01:39 IST
HT Correspondents

Farmers demanding higher compensation for acquisition of land for the Yamuna Expressway and the township near it decided to continue their agitation near Tappal village, 55 km from Aligarh, on Wednesday.

Tappal and surrounding villages are located near the proposed expressway. The decision to continue the stir was taken in the absence of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti leader Ram Babu Kathelia, who told HT that he stayed home as he was not well.

"I was tortured by the police in jail and given electric shocks to accept the demands of the administration," he said.

About 50 per cent of land in Aligarh district and more than 90 per cent of land in Mathura district has been acquired for the expressway at R 490 per sq metre. But the farmers are now demanding R 880 per sq metre — the rate paid to farmers in Noida and Greater Noida.

In Agra, where violence broke out on Tuesday, the stalemate in talks continued. The farmers held a dharna near the Chalesar police outpost.

After Tuesday’s violence, both the district authorities and farmers had agreed to discuss the issue and an action panel, comprising farmers, was constituted.

State Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh landed in Agra on Wednesday night to hold a closed-door meeting with farmers’ representatives to sort out the problem.