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UP farmers’ protest stalls Delhi traffic
New Delhi, Aug 27 (Agencies):
Published on 27 Aug. 2010 10:33 PM IST
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Farmers protesting against acquisition of their land for developmental projects and demanding higher compensation laid siege to the capital on Thursday in thousands. They gathered at Rajghat and walked to Ramlila Maidan from where they came to Jantar Mantar where they held a demonstration. The procession disrupted normal traffic in and around Parliament Street area in New Delhi and in the Central Delhi areas
Farmers congregated outside Parliament on Thursday to demand enhanced compensation for their land being acquired for the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh. Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Ajit Singh, Jayant Chaudhary and several farmer leaders addressed the protesters.
Traffic in several areas in the capital was thrown out of gear as thousands of more farmers crossed the Delhi borders from Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Loni to take part in the protest demonstration.
According to a traffic police official, jams were reported at Rajghat, Barakhamba Road and Janpath as well as roads leading to the New Delhi Railway Station, Daryaganj, Nehru Marg, Tolstoy Marg. “Tens of thousands of farmers came in from various directions. It lead to a halt in traffic,” said the traffic police officers.
Farmers intensified the stir after two protesters were killed in police firing in Aligarh district on August 14.
While supporting the demand, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said the farmers should have been marching to Lucknow against the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh and not against the Central government.
The farmers demand that their lands should not be taken away from them and the government should stop intervening in their affairs.
Farmers in Uttar Pradesh have been agitating for higher compensation for their lands acquired for the Yamuna Expressway.

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