Greater Noida: Giving the police a slip, Rahul Gandhi rode pillion on a motorcyle in dark just before dawn Wednesday to the epicentre of violent clashes in this district and met farmers protesting Uttar Pradesh government`s land acquisition policy.
The strong police force deployed at the Bhatta Parsaul
village, which witnessed violent clashes between the police
and farmers, apparently failed to notice the Congress General
Secretary when he reached the Delhi suburb in a mobike at
around 4 AM.
It was only when he began meeting farmers and heard
their grievances that the policemen recognised the young
Congress leader, who has often slipped out of his security
cordon in the past to meet people. The identity of the driver
of the mobike was not known immediately.
An elderly woman told the AICC General Secretary how
"brutally PAC men had manhandled the women members of the
family in the name of conducting a search" after the clashes
Another elderly man showed injuries on his body
inflicted allegedly due to the baton charge by policemen.
Rahul assured the farmers full support and promised
that they will get proper land compensation, according to the
While blaming Mayawati`s BSP government for the
atrocities committed on farmers, he requested the farmers to
shun violence, they said.
After four persons, including two policemen, were
killed in Saturday`s clashes between police and farmers in
Greater Noida, the place has turned into a political
battleground for political parties. The opposition has flayed
the UP government for its land acquisition policy.
The Amethi MP had last year visited Tappal Village in
Aligarh district taking the local police by surprise when he
went to meet farmers who had launched a protest demanding
higher compensation for the land acquired by the Mayawati
government for the Yamuna expressway project.
Farmers in Greater Noida and adjoining areas are
demanding more compensation from the Mayawati government for
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had yesterday assured a
delegation of Rashtriya Lok Dal leaders in Delhi that the
Government will move the crucial bill to amend the Land
Acquisition Act in the coming session of Parliament.
Condemning police action on farmers in Gautam Buddha
Nagar, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi had yesterday
demanded that a new law for rehabilitation of people displaced
by land acquisition should be framed.
"Taking farmers` land at a cheaper rates and
permitting industrialists to misuse it is wrong," Joshi had
In the wake of the ongoing agitation over land
acquisition, farmers held a panchayat under the leadership of
Jitender Nagar in Mahrauli village of Ghaziabad district
yesterday and refused to part with their land.
The farmers went on a door-to-door campaign to
mobilise support and asked villagers to press the government
to give them back their acquired land.