Protesting farmers, police come to blows in Rewari
It was a no holds-barred show outside the mini secretariat in Rewari. Nearly 2,000 farmers and police force came to blows over the Rewai administration's failure' in keeping its word of redressing farmer's grievances concerning the land acquisition process in and around Bawal village.chandigarh Updated: Jul 17, 2012 19:13 IST
It was a no holds-barred show outside the mini secretariat in Rewari on Monday. Nearly 2,000 farmers and police force came to blows over the Rewari administration's failure' in keeping its promise of redressing farmer's grievances concerning the land acquisition process in and around Bawal village.
Stone pelting from farmers' side and lathicharge from the police force's created a tense environment. Upon entering the premises of mini secretariat, though it was a forced one, farmers damaged the furniture and smashed windows.
The tipping point of farmers' anger reached when district commissioner (DC) C Rajnikant did not meet the deadline of noon to look into their demands. The district administration had assured farmers to address their concerns regarding land acquisition by Monday noon.
Farmers have been protesting against acquisition of their fertile land, measuring around 250 acres, since Wednesday.
Kishan Singh, a farmer, said: "The fault lies with the administration. We had invited their representative to take the memorandum of demands, but no one showed up. When we tried to enter the mini secretariat, police lathicharged us. In self defense, we hurled stones at the police force."
The DC could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
Superintendent of police (SP) Abhishek Garg said protesters did not intimate us that they would turn violent.
"We have booked culprits and they would soon be arrested," Garg added.
First Published: Jul 17, 2012 11:06 IST