Land acquisition stir: Situation tense but under control

The situation was on Tuesday tense but under control in parts of western UP hit by farmers` unrest over land acquisition as police released sketches of 24 trouble-makers who incited violence in Agra and maintained a strict vigil.

Last Updated: May 10, 2011, 13:19 PM IST

Greater Noida/Agra: The situation was
on Tuesday tense but under control in parts of western UP hit by
farmers` unrest over land acquisition as police released
sketches of 24 trouble-makers who incited violence in Agra
and maintained a strict vigil.

The BJP has, meanwhile, called for a bandh in Greater
Noida and Noida to protest police action on farmers. BJP
workers were seen visiting markets and requesting shopkeepers
to down their shutters in the two areas.
"The situation is normal and completely under control.
To avert further trouble in Bhatta Parsaul village, where four
persons, including two policemen were killed in clashes on
Saturday, heavy deployment of force continues," a senior
police officer said.

Along with civil police and Provincial Armed
Constabulary, two companies of Rapid Action Force is also
camping in the area.

In Greater Noida, police were making efforts to arrest
Manveer Singh Tewatia, who allegedly instigated the farmers,
and his five aides. Tewatia, who has more than 20 cases
against him, has been leading the farmers` agitation at
Bhatta-Parsaul since January 17. The state government has
announced a reward of Rs.50000 for the arrest of Tewatia.

The Agra Police released posters of the trouble-makers
based on the video footage of the violence in the district.

"We have released posters of 24 trouble makers so far
which have been pasted in the village. Of them 15 have been
identified by the villagers," DIG Agra Aseem Arun said.
He said the administration and police officers
yesterday held a meeting with the villagers in Chalesar. "Four
FIRs have been lodged in which 24 people have been named, but
we are investigating throughly as some objections were raised
by the villagers over the names," the DIG said.

After the police action on protestors in Greater
Noida, several villagers were seen moving out of Bhatta
village.

"All our male members are either missing or injured
and admitted to hospital. To avoid `harassment` from policemen
it is better to move to our relative`s place at a nearby
village," said a woman who was going with her daughter to her
relative`s home.

The district administration has sent a medical team to
Bhatta village to provide medical aid to the needy. Chief
Medical Officer Vijay Deepak Verma said a three-member team of
doctors has been sent to Bhatta village.

With many incidents of fire reported in the village,
the fire department has stationed two fire tenders in Bhatta
village.

Four persons, including two policemen, were killed
when villagers clashed with security forces during an
operation to rescue three roadways employees on Saturday last
in Greater Noida.
A total of 13 innjured farmers have been admitted to
hospitals in the aftermath of the clash. Doctors have
described their condition as stable.

The condition of Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate
Deepak Aggarwal and SSP SN Singh, who were injured in the
clash, was stable, doctors attending on them said.

"There is complete peace in Noida, Agra and Aligarh
and there is no report of any trouble," Inspector General of
Police A P Maheshwari had told reporters yesterday.

After Saturday`s violence and death of two farmers,
Noida has turned into a political battleground for parties
which have flayed the Uttar Pradesh government`s land
acquisition policy.

BJP leader Rajnath Singh and SP leaders Shivpal Singh
Yadav and Mohan Singh were detained by police yesterday while
attempting to reach Bhatta Parsaul village.

RLD, whose chief Ajit Singh was detained on Sunday,
has constituted a five-member committee headed by state
president Baba Hardeo Singh to probe the incident.

The committee has been directed to submit its report
within a week`s time, party spokesman Anil Dubey said.

PTI