Bhatta-Parsaul farmers demand judicial probe in police action
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 22, 2011, 15:25
Greater Noida: Residents of Bhatta and Parsaul villages have demanded a judicial probe into the alleged atrocities by police, claiming that they were victims of Mayawati government's policy on land acquisition.

The probe should be conducted by a sitting judge of either the Supreme Court or High Court as the police, instead of protecting the people, had committed atrocities on the farmers at the "behest" of the Uttar Pradesh government, alleged Montu, son of Rajpal who was killed in police firing here on May 7.

"My father was shot dead by police. The police did not give us the body for cremation despite our pleas. They cremated him like an unclaimed body," he told reporters here.

Kuldeep Sharma, who received a bullet injury during the police firing, alleged that police came down heavily on the villagers after two policemen were killed in the violence. He claimed his house was burnt by policemen along with his tractor and a Maruti car.

"The police set my house on fire, burnt my car and tractor. I have lost five cattle. I was shot and could have died," he said.

Neha, 18, the daughter of Shiv Kumar Sharma, who also received a bullet injury, claimed that she was "severely beaten up and insulted" by policemen who entered their house late at night following the violence and ransacked it.

She said her hand was fractured in the incident. Narendra Singh, another farmer who received a bullet injury, claimed that police personnel entered his house and took away money he had withdrawn from the bank.

"My wife was insulted in our house and my savings looted by police. They beat up and insulted women in the village.

They did not even spare older women," he alleged. Uttar Pradesh government has dismissed as baseless allegations about burning of people and rape of women in Bhatta-Parsaul, rocked by farmers' agitation on land acquisition issue, and said preliminary forensic reports of ashes collected from the area have ruled out presence of any human remains.


First Published: Sunday, May 22, 2011, 15:25

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