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UP farmers’ stir: Sachin Pilot arrested, released
GREATER NOIDA, MAY 22 (PTI/IANS):
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Published on 23 May. 2011 12:42 AM IST
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Reviving the Bhatta-Parsaul farmers’ issue, Congress leader Sachin Pilot today visited protestors lodged in Dasna Jail and was arrested on way to the violence-hit areas to meet families of those injured during the agitation over land acquisition.
Pilot, Union Minister of State for Information Technology, along with around 100 supporters, was arrested on National Highway 24 when his cavalcade left for Bhatta and Parsaul villages after he met those jailed during the farmers’ agitation demanding more compensation for their land.
The 34-year-old minister and his supporters were first taken to the police lines and later escorted to the UP-Delhi border at Noida before being released around 4:30 PM. They were taken into custody at around 2:30 PM under section 151 CrPC (arrest to prevent commission of cognisable offences). “I will brief the Prime Minister tonight when I meet him at the UPA dinner. We will not allow the UP government to forcefully acquire land.
They should stop the land acquisition totally. The UP government should conduct a judicial inquiry and take the views of NCW and NHRC seriously,” Pilot told reporters after his release.
He alleged that the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh is abusing its power and “killing people”. “I was not allowed to enter even Gautam Budh Nagar. I was arrested in Ghaziabad. I told the police that I just want to meet the villagers of Bhatta-Parsaul but they did not allow,” Pilot said.
On his visit to Dasna Jail, where he was allowed inside with two of his supporters, Pilot said he met 22 villagers who have been booked “under as many as 14 sections” of IPC. Four persons, including two policemen, were killed on May 7 during the Bhatta-Parsaul agitation.
“We want a judicial probe into the entire incident (at Bhatta-Parsaul). I was going to Bhatta-Parsaul to meet and console the families of the villagers. I was not breaking any law and my arrest is unjustified,” he said.
PM announces financial aid
In support of the agitating farmers in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday announced a financial aid for the victims of violence triggered by land acquisition in Greater Noida.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said Rs.50,000 would be given to those seriously injured in the stir and Rs.10,000 to those who suffered minor injuries.
The village in Greater Noida has grabbed the nation’s attention for clashes between farmers and police over land acquisition after four people, including two policemen, were killed May 7 when villagers clashed with policemen while agitating for higher compensation for their lands acquired by the Uttar Pradesh government for developmental projects.

 
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