Breaking News
Nagaland Post Logo
You are here:  Skip Navigation LinksHome » Show story
UP intelligence team probes evidence on farmers’ death
New Delhi/Lucknow, MAY 17 (Agencies):
Published on 17 May. 2011 11:20 PM IST
Print  Text Size

A day after Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi accused the Mayawati government of committing atrocities against the farmers of Bhatta-Parsaul in Greater Noida, an intelligence team of the UP government reached the village on Tuesday to investigate the matter. The team will visit each farmers house and question them in detail.
The authorities in Uttar Pradesh have also sent the samples of the ashes to Agra Forensic Laboratory for examination.
Turning the heat against the Mayawati administration, Rahul Gandhi had on Monday complained to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about “state repression” of farmers seeking higher compensation from the Uttar Pradesh government.
“There is a set of large 74 heaps of ash there with dead bodies inside. Everybody in the village knows it. We can give you pictures. Women have been raped, people have been thrashed. Houses have been destroyed,” Gandhi told reporters.
Rahul had taken eight farmers from Bhatta-Parsaul to meet the Prime Minister where he handed over pictures of burnt bodies, ashes with bones and ransacked houses to the PM.
“The issues are more fundamental with regard to these villages. In a large number of villages in Uttar Pradesh, all down the Agra highway, where state oppression is being used, people are being murdered, women being raped, people have been thrashed and houses destroyed,” he said.
The Mayawati government, reacting to the allegations, had issued a late night statement terming the allegations of rape and murder as a “bunch of lies”.
“Apparently, Rahul Gandhi had resorted to issuing such baseless and wild allegations simply because his party had failed to carry out the necessary amendments in the hackneyed law that was detrimental to the interest of the farmer.”
Speaking on the Land Acquisition Bill, Rahul sounded optimistic, “We are committed to the Land Acquisition Act. Land acquisition is a complicated piece of legislation that we are working at”. Rahul added that it will be passed in the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning mid-July.
Reacting on the issue, Mayawati government said that it was paying higher compensation to villagers for acquired land in comparison to the Central government.
“Farmers were being paid at the rate of Rs 44 lakh per acre for their land acquired in Noida, Rs 36 lakh per acre in Greater Noida, between Rs 22 lakh to Rs 35 lakh per acre for land acquired for Yamuna Expressway in different districts,” it said.
Four people, including two policemen, were killed on May 7 when villagers clashed with policemen for higher compensation for their lands acquired by the Uttar Pradesh government for developmental projects.
The Congress has also announced a rally in Mayawati’s native village of Badalpur next month to keep up the momentum of its agitation against the Bahujan Samaj Party government on issues concerning the farmers. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are visiting Varanasi on Wednesday to attend a party meeting.
Assembly polls will be held in Uttar Pradesh next year and the Congress has been vociferously raising issues concerning the farmers.
Police refute atrocities against farmers

Hitting back at the allegations of atrocities against farmers leveled at the Mayawati government by Rahul Gandhi, the Police Commissioner of Meerut refuted all the charges. He said that the land was acquired by the government from the famers as per the law and that eighty percent of the farmers have been given compensation.
The commissioner did accept that section 144 of the IPC was imposed by the administration but that was because of the worsening law and order situation. There were fire and arson in the village for which seven fire tenders were called in by the administration. But he added that things were back to normal now.
The commissioner assured that the villagers who had fled from the village were now returning to their homes. He also said that no farmer of the village was tortured by the state police nor were any women ill-treated or raped. On the other hand he said that some of the government officials were kept captive by the villagers for 28 hours.
The police commissioner did admit that two farmers were killed as a result of the clashes between the farmers and the administration. But he said that two policemen were also killed. The commissioner promised that a forensic examination of the ashes containing human bones will be done along with an examination of the explosives found in the village, samples of which have been taken.

UPA Adopting ‘Double Standards’: Gr Noida Farmers
New Delhi, May 17 (PTI): Accusing the UPA government of adopting “double standards”, a section of farmers protesting in Greater Noida today alleged that the Centre was not taking any steps to defuse the crisis so as to gain political mileage and nothing had changed even after Rahul Gandhi’s visit.
“Centre is not taking any immediate step so as to prolong the issue and gain political mileage out of it,” Kesari Singh Gujjar, a member of Dehat Morcha which is spearheading the farmers agitation in Bhatta Parsul of Uttar Pradesh, told reporters here.
He alleged that the villagers were facing “more police repression” after Gandhi’s visit to Bhatta Parsaul, the epicentre of the recent protests in Uttar Pradesh where farmers were demanding enhanced compensation for land acquired for UP Expressway project.
“Rahul Gandhi has come and stayed there for a day.
After that nothing happened. The torture has increased.

Comments:(0) Login or Register to post your Comment
(Available for registered users only)
More News
  • 1
  • 2