New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Human Rights Commission (UPHRC) on Thursday issued notices to the state’s Principle Secretary (Home) and the Director General of Police (DGP) to submit a detailed report on the alleged atrocities committed by policemen on farmers of Bhatta Parsaul village Noida recently.
The development comes in the wake of intense politicisation of the Noida farmers’ ongoing agitation for better compensation in lieu of their lands acquired by the Mayawati government.
According to sources, the state human rights panel has sought a detailed report from the DGP, and the Principal Secretary (Home) to submit a report on the issue latest by June 24.
The development is likely to complicate situation for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, who is now under scanner for allowing the “barbaric and brutal” treatment of agitating farmers by UP policemen.
Adding political colours to the issue, both Congress and BJP have lent their support to the Bhatta Parsaul, while Chief Minister Mayawati had hit back accusing opposition parties of spreading "false rumours" and doing "dirty politics".
The issue came to limelight after Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi made a dramatic entry into the Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida and held a ‘dharna’ supporting farmers` agitation for better compensation of their land.
Reacting to it, BSP supremo Mayawati accused the young Congress leader of engaging in "cheap politics ".
Hitting back at the opposition, Mayawati said the clashes in Greater Noida had nothing to do with the issue of land compensation and accused the Congress, BJP and other parties of attempting to disturb law and order by spreading "rumours" while dubbing Gandhi`s dharna as "mean theatrics".
However, Congress was quick to jump to his defence lambasting the BSP chief for the arrest and subsequent release of Rahul Gandhi saying that Mayawati government was "digging its own grave" through such actions and her reaction was "due to frustration" as she has realised that she would be voted out in the next Assembly elections.
The opposition parties have strongly slammed the use of force on agitating farmers as “brutal and barbaric” and the Congress party demanded a judicial probe into the atrocities committed by the police at the behest of Uttar Pradesh government.
Congress, while strictly opposing the forcible acquisition of land belonging to poor farmers, demanded that their consent must be taken before acquiring their lands.
The Congress also demanded that the state government should immediately release those farmers and poor villagers who were arrested by the police during last week’s protests. Also the police should withdraw all the cases registered against them.
Meanwhile, Senior BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait along with their supporters were detained by UP Police while they were agitating in support of farmers of Greater Noida who are seeking more compensation from the state government for their acquired land.
Similar protests were held in other parts of the state including Jhansi, Meerut, Allahabad and Sitapur districts.
As the tug of war intensified between BSP and Congress, the Centre announced that a new law for better compensation to farmers will be introduced shortly in the Parliament.
Home Minister P Chidambaram stepped-in to promise a new land acquisition law for better compensation and rehabilitation to farmers in the next session of Parliament in July.
The farmers are agitating for higher compensation for land acquired for the 156-km Yamuna Expressway, linking New Delhi with Agra, a dream project of the chief minister.
With Agency Inputs