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UP police denies firing during farmers’ agitation

Uttar Pradesh police today claimed that police did not open fire at protesting farmers in Aligarh and that the three civilian protesters were killed when the security personnel acted in self defence.



Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh police today claimed
that police did not open fire at protesting farmers in Aligarh
and that the three civilian protesters were killed when the
security personnel acted in self defence.

"As per the reports available with us, none of the deaths
among the public was due to police firing," IG, Crime, A P
Maheshwari told reporters here.

"Dharmendra (30), Prashant (15) and Mohit (14) from among
the public and a platoon commander of the PAC have been killed
in Aligarh besides injuries to ten policemen and 12 locals,"
Maheshwari said, claiming that an SLR of an RAF personnel was
also looted.

Giving an account of the sequence of events on August 14,
Maheswari said following the arrest of BKU district president
Ram Babu Kateria in connection with some case, the farmers of
three villages went on a rampage and indulged in firing and
brick batting resulting in the killing of Subedar Brijendra
Singh, platoon commander of the PAC, besides injuries to ten
other policemen.

Maheshwari said the agitating farmers also damaged
government vehicles and some dumpers.

Police and PAC had to use force in self defence and
lobbed tear gas shells and in the subsequent action three
people from among the public were killed and 12 injured, of
which one has been rushed to Delhi while others were admitted
to J N Medical College, she said.

Protesting the developments in Aligarh, the farmers in
Mathura also damaged vehicles in Naujheel police station area,
Maheshwari said, adding cases have been registered in both
the districts.

Senior police officials including the ADG, Law and
Order, Brij Lal have rushed to Aligarh and 18 additional
companies of the PAC has been deployed in the affected areas.
DG, PAC, R K Tewari is also camping in the district since
yesterday.

To a question, the IG said some sporadic incidents did
take place today but the situation was under control.

The government has already ordered a judicial inquiry
and shifted senior officers of the district.

The farmers of Jikarpur had been agitating for higher
compensation for the land acquired for the Yamuna Expressway
project since July 28.

PTI

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