NHRC to send team to Gr Noida

The rights panel said it has received complaints about police trespassing into villagers` houses, outraging women`s dignity and mercilessly lathicharging farmers demanding more compensation for their land.

Updated: May 12, 2011, 18:10 PM IST

New Delhi: "Pained" over violence over land
acquisition and complaints of police atrocities in Greater
Noida, the National Human Rights Commission on Thursday said it will
send an investigation team to the affected villages.

The rights panel said it has received complaints about
police trespassing into villagers` houses, outraging women`s
dignity and mercilessly lathicharging farmers demanding more
compensation for their land acquired for a road project.

"The NHRC is pained to see complaints and media reports
alleging large-scale violence in village Bhatta and other
nearby areas in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh leading to loss
of life and injuries to several persons, including the
officers on the state government`s duty," it said.

In view of the "gravity of the situation", the Commission
has decided to depute its investigation team for conducting an
on-the-spot inquiry in the matter, the NHRC said.

"In several complaints received in the Commission, it has
been alleged that the police mercilessly lathicharged the
farmers who were demanding more compensation for their land
which is being acquired by the state government.

"Incidents of stone-pelting of government officials by
the agitating farmers, and the police personnel trespassing
the villagers` houses, outraging women`s dignity and burning
crops were alleged. Allegedly, fire was also exchanged between
the police and some agitators," it said in a statement.

Four persons, including two policemen, were killed in
farmers-police clashes and firing in Bhatta-Parsaul villages
on Saturday last. Political parties have condemned the police
action while villagers alleged that most of the male residents
have either gone missing or are in hospitals.

The opposition has flayed the UP government for its land
acquisition policy while Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who sat
on a dharna at the village before being arrested late last
night, alleged that the government has "unleashed atrocities
on its own people."

The incident has reopened debate over acquiring land for
development projects in the country, even as the Centre today
said it has plans to introduce a bill in this regard in the
next session of Parliament.

PTI