10 policemen injured as agitating farmers turn violent
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 21:08
Agra: Agitating farmers on Tuesday attacked a police picket near Chougaon village of the district, leaving several policemen and a sub divisional magistrate injured.

The protesters attacked the picket in Etmadpur tehsil, about 20 kms from here, with brickbats and in the ensuing clash, around 10 policemen, including circle officer Mahesh Kumar, and SDM Dhirendra Sachan were injured, police sources said.

With the small police party being outnumbered, a reinforcement from Agra reached the spot, along with DIG Deepesh Juneja and DM Amrit Abhijat, they said, adding police fired rubber bullets to disperse the mob.

The villagers were demanding compensation for their land acquired by the NHAI for road widening at the same rate as given to farmers in Noida, among others.

Later, regional leaders of the RLD held talks with the district administration on behalf of the agitating farmers.

The incident comes a day after two police constables were attacked by a group of farmers near Chaugaon village.

The two policemen had been posted there in view of the ongoing agitation by farmers for better compensation of their land acquired for the Yamuna Expressway.

Police said constables Sugharh Singh and Ashok Kumar, were left bleeding on the roadside last night and their rifles and motorbikes taken away, before a passerby informed the police.

The rifles were, however, recovered later.


First Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 21:08

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