Ghaziabad farmers disrupt work on Mandola housing scheme, clash with police
The incident took place in the afternoon when farmers from nearby villages had gone to the construction site and tried to stop the work at the site where an affordable housing project is coming up. A large contingent of police force also reached the spot and allegedly caned locals.noida Updated: Jun 02, 2017 23:38 IST
The Mandola area in Loni town of Ghaziabad witnessed clashes between agitating farmers and the police on Friday afternoon. The farmers allegedly stopped the work on the Rs 3,000 crore Mandola Vihar Housing Scheme being developed by the UP Housing Board near Delhi border.
The incident took place in the afternoon when farmers from nearby villages had gone to the construction site and tried to stop the work at the site where an affordable housing project is coming up. A large contingent of police force also reached the spot and allegedly caned locals.
“The police beat up the farmers and even manhandled the women who were protesting. The officials also tried to flatten our agricultural fields,” said Jitender Tyagi, a resident.
The police claimed that some locals pelted stones at their vehicles. The district administration had held meetings with farmers and said any increase in compensation will have to be on the directions of the Supreme Court as the farmers’ petitions were already dismissed by the Allahabad high court. The other finer points related to schools and colleges to be set up in the area were already discussed and mutually agreed upon.
“The farmers have been instigated by their leader Manvir Teotia and others. We are going to get his bail cancelled. The farmers tried to stop work on Thursday and their leaders sent women to the site. Nearly 46 persons, including women, were brought to the police lines. They will be released on an assurance that farmers will not stop work for the approved project. Else, they will be sent to jail if they carry on with their unjustified demands,” said Ministhy S, district magistrate.
Earlier, before the meeting with farmer groups, the administration had also passed orders banning Teotia’s entry in the district. An FIR was also filed against several persons, including Teotia, on charges of instigating farmers. A heavy contingent of police is still deployed in the area and video recording of the activity was also taken up by the police.
The land acquisition proceedings for the project started in 1998 after the imposition of the emergency clause and land was acquired at the rate of Rs 1,100 per square metre.
A major part of the compensation was paid to farmers but pending issues hampered the project. After the recent meetings, a majority of issues were discussed and settled.
Overall, the project has faced a delay of nearly five to six years. Nearly 11,000 housing units, including 4,000 premium units, in the range of Rs 22 lakh to Rs 40 lakh are coming up there. Nearly 40% work is complete at the ground level. The housing Board started in 2007 and the project is slated to be completed in 15 years.