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Agitating UP farmers continue sit-in

Hundreds of agitating farmers Monday continued their indefinite sit-in at violence-hit Aligarh`s Jikarpur village to press for higher compensation for land acquired for a township along Taj Expressway.



Aligarh/Mathura: Hundreds of agitating
farmers Monday continued their indefinite sit-in at
violence-hit Aligarh`s Jikarpur village to press for higher
compensation for land acquired for a township along Taj
Expressway.

Officials said no untoward incident has been reported
as a heavy contingent of security personnel has been deployed
in nearly a dozen villages along the Expressway connecting
Noida to Agra. Two persons and a PAC jawan were killed and
nine injured in clashes between protesters and police in
Aligarh on Saturday.

"The district was calm today. The roadblocks have been
removed. There was no untoward incident," Senior
Superintendent of Police Satindervir Singh said.

Officials said the district administration was making
efforts to end the standoff involving the farmers who today
held a mahapanchayat at Jikarpur village.

Opposition leaders, including former BJP president
Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in UP Assembly Shiv Pal
Singh Yadav and RLD leader Ajit Singh, addressed the
mahapanchayat, where they extended support to the agitating
farmers.

In Mathura area, a group of agitators pelted stones on
police when they tried to stop them from moving out of village
Baghai.

"No major incident has been reported since last
night," District Magistrate Dinesh Chandra Shukla said.

The situation in Avakhera village that witnessed
pitched battle between police and villagers yesterday morning
is also limping back to normal.

Ordering a judicial inquiry, the Mayawati government had
yesterday shunted out Divisional Commissioner of Aligarh J B
Sinha, District Magistrate Rama Rao and SSP Vijay Prakash and
announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each of the
bereaved families.

PTI

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