UP: Farmers protesting land acquisition warn of battle ahead

Tension gripped the Mughalsarai area in Chandauli, as hundreds of farmers staged protest against land acquisition by Varanasi Development Authority (VDA).

Chandauli: Tension has gripped the
Mughalsarai area here, as hundreds of farmers are staging
protest against land acquisition by Varanasi Development
Authority (VDA).

Farmers of Katesar village, armed with sticks, axes and
various farming instruments, are staging dharna since May 24
against the land acquisition.

The sit-in started on May 24 and will continue
till the demand of the farmers are met by government, a farmer

"We (farmers) will fight a bloody battle if this land
acquisition is not cancelled. We will commit suicide by
setting ourselves ablaze on June 1 if our demands are not
met," Ram Lakhan Yadav, president of Kisan Sangharsh
Samiti(KSS) said.

More than 1500 farmers are being affected by the
acquisition, he alleged, adding that on May 22 the district
officials had assured them that their demand would be
considered and there would be no further land acquisition in
the village.

But, this was not fulfilled, he said.

A heavy police force has been deployed in the area in
order to prevent any untoward incident.

300 hectare of land was needed for the cultural hub
project of year 2008, in which 121 hectare is to be acquired
in Katesar and rest in Kodopur village, VDA sources said.

A total requirement of fund in the project would be
around Rs 115 crore for the first phase, and housing and urban
development corporation (HUDCO) had assured a loan in this
regard, they said.


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