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Farmers’ stir turns violent; 2 cops killed
Noida (Uttar Pradesh), May 7 (Agencies):
Published on 7 May. 2011 11:35 PM IST
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Farmers in Greater Noida protesting against land acquisition by the Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday allegedly shot dead two policemen.
Initial reports suggested that policemen are waiting outside the village for reinforcement, after which they are expected to enter the village and tackle the agitating villagers.
Continuous clashes between police forces and villagers are being witnessed since morning. Meanwhile, shoot at sight orders have been issued by the authorities.
Gautam Budh Nagar’s District Magistrate Deepak Aggarwal who tried to negotiate with the agitating villagers was also shot in leg in the brawl and suffered severe injuries.
The police had gone to Bhatta Parsaul village to free a driver and two helpers of the Uttar Pradesh Roadways bus that was being held hostage by the protesting farmers.
As the local police tried to take custody of the hostages, the anger of the protesting farmers erupted and they started hurling stones at the police party. Sensing the aggravated situation, police had to resort to tear gas to disperse the crowd.
The agitating farmers have also jammed the Yamuna Expressway resulting in a major traffic blockade.
The farmers have refused to talk to the district administration and said that they would only release the officials after UP CM Mayawati intervenes in the matter. The farmers have been demanding that only half their lands should be acquired and the rest should be handed over to them after development.

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