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Farmer-BSP stand-off continues in UP
Lucknow, Aug 18 (IANS):
Published on 19 Aug. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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The stand-off between farmers and the Uttar Pradesh government continued in Aligarh Wednesday, with protesters refusing to accept the enhanced compensation offered in lieu of their land acquired for building the Noida-Agra Yamuna Expressway.
The three-week old agitation, which was expected to be withdrawn in the wake of the revised government offer made by Chief Minister Mayawati’s special envoy and state cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh, was further intensified with the farmers sinking their differences and resolving to fight unitedly.
The “deal” that the government claimed to have struck with the protesting farmers has been completely rejected by them.
Farmer leader Ram Babu Kathelia, whose arrest had sparked off violence, leading to firing by the police that left three dead, has also made startling revelations after his release Tuesday.
“I was subjected to physical torture and threatened with dire consequences so I’m not in a proper mental state to talk,” he told a gathering of farmers in Tappal, where the agitation continues.
As against the earlier offer of Rs.449 per sq metre, affected farmers were given a revised offer of Rs.570 per sq metre. An additional compensation was promised in case of value addition to the land such as crop, trees or water facility. The chief minister had also decided to enhance the ex-gratia payment of Rs.5 lakh to the kin of each of those killed in the violence to Rs.10 lakh and Rs.2 lakh to each of the injured.
HC stays move to rename Amethi
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s move to rename Amethi, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency, was Wednesday stayed by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court.
The declaration of Amethi as a district has also been stayed. Mayawati wanted to rename the area Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar after one of the Dalit icons.

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