UP denies atrocities on Bhatta Parasaul farmers
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 00:14
Greater Noida: Uttar Pradesh authorities on Tuesday dismissed Rahul Gandhi's allegations that people were burnt to death at Bhatta Parasaul, the focal point of farmers stir on land acquisition issue.

IG (Meerut) Rajni Kant Mishra denied the allegations about burning of men and told mediapersons that "had the administration ignited the fire to set the men ablaze, they would not have called fire men".

He made the remarks referring to the fire that had broken out on the night of May 7, the same day when four people-- two police personnel and as many farmers were killed in clashes during the agitation.

"The ashes of cowdung heaps and fields which were burnt in fire were not razed. Mediamen were allowed to enter the village and see the burnt-out materials," he said.

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday and later alleged that huge heaps of ash carrying burnt bodies had been found in the villages where farmers were agitating for better compensation for their land acquired by Mayawati government.

He also showed the Prime Minister pictures purportedly of bodies burnt and other forms of violence against farmers and their family members.

"...Women have been raped, people have been thrashed. Houses have been destroyed," Gandhi alleged.

Regarding the missing persons in the village, Commissioner (Meerut) Bhuvnesh Kumar said "till date, only one person's missing complaint has been received. He was found to be admitted at a Delhi hospital."

Meanwhile, ashes were lifted from the site and sent for forensic examination.

Kumar said several persons were not coming back to the village out of fear. He, however, assured the villagers that no innocent person will be arrested.

"We will identify the anti-social elements through video clippings and only the guilty will be arrested. No innocent person will be arrested," Mishra said.

District Magistrate Deepak Aggarwal said Section 144 had been lifted from today as normalcy was returning to the village.


First Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 00:14

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