Nine farmers booked in Greater Noida for holding up work on Eastern Peripheral Expressway
Around 200 persons, including women, had gathered at Samauddinpur village on Saturday morning and heckled those working at the construction site.noida Updated: Sep 18, 2017 10:43 IST
The police booked nine farmers of Jaganpur village for allegedly obstructing ongoing work on Eastern Peripheral Expressway for two consecutive days, on Friday and Saturday, demanding enhanced compensation for the land acquired from them for the project.
Around 200 persons, including women, had gathered at Samauddinpur village on Saturday morning and heckled those working at the construction site, the police said. The protesters demanded enhanced compensation for their lands as per the current market price. A few villagers from Palwal and Faridabad had also joined the protest.
“The villages come under gram panchayat, hence, the compensation amount should be four times the market value of the land,” a protester had said.
Subdivisional magistrate Amit Singh reached the spot to pacify protesters but work was stalled till Saturday evening.
Land acquisition for Eastern Peripheral Expressway project was done in 2006 and again in 2017.
The farmers were being paid Rs 3,500 per square metre for acquisition in 2006, but it was recently enhanced by Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh to Rs 3,640 per square metre.
“Most of the farmers from 39 villages whose lands have been acquired for the purpose have accepted the enhanced compensation from the district administration. However, some members who have vested interests in stalling the project are creating a ruckus at the project site,” said Farmood Ali Pundir, station house officer of Dankaur police station.
The police claimed they made repeated requests to farmers to stop the agitation and allow workers to resume construction, but the farmers were adamant and obstructed work till Saturday evening.
The farmers were booked for rioting, rioting with weapons, launching assault to deter public servant from discharge of duties and criminal intimidation.
“No arrest has been made so far in the matter. On Sunday, the situation was normal; no one turned up to protest at the project site,” said Pundir.