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10 cops injured in clash with UP farmers

Farmers opposing Reliance power project's wall construction brickbatted, prompting police to fire in air.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2006 22:45 IST

Over 10 policemen deployed for the security of Reliance power project in a villagein Ghaziabadwere injured when a group of farmers opposing construction of its boundary wall allegedly brickbatted prompting police to fire in air.

Circle officer, Pilkhuwa, Ram Abhilesh Tripath said more than 10 police personnel, including SHO Mussorrie RP Singh, were injured in the clash with farmers at Bajedha Khurd village in the district.

He said 12 protestors, including two women, were taken into custody after lathi charge by the police.

The trouble started when farmers opposing construction of boundary wall of the project, held some workerson Fridaybefore the starting of work. A criminal case was registered against 80 farmerson Saturdayin this connection.

When construction was going to start on Sunday, agitating farmers uprooted the tents of police and PAC force demanding settlement of price of the land, acquired by the Uttar Pradesh government for the project, and its payment. Criminal cases were registered on Sundayagainst them for interrupting the work.

District Magistrate MKS Sundaram and Senior Superintendent of Police Piyush Mordia reached village after the clash and deployed heavy police force, including para force, for the implementation of the Allahabad High Court order of providing security to the Reliance project.

Sundaram said the High Court order of providing security to the Reliance properties will be strictly enforced and no farmer will be allowed to damage the project properties.

Condemning the police action, actor and Jan Morcha president Raj babbar said construction should not be allowed without making payment of land to the farmers.

First Published: Sep 17, 2006 22:41 IST