Land row: Situation tense; PM says bill soon to amend Land Acquisition Act
Greater Noida/Agra: Amid heavy deployment of
police, situation in parts of violence-hit western UP remained
tense but under control, even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
today said a bill will be moved in Parliament soon to amend
the Land Acquisition Act.
With farmers on the warpath on the issue of land
acquisition, demanding more compensation from the Mayawati
government, agriculturists in neighbouring Ghazaibad district on Tuesday decided not to part with their land.
"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,
200 personnel of Rapid Action Force is camping in the area.
As the issue took a serious turn a few days back, the
Prime Minister assured a delegation of Rashtriya Lok Dal
leaders in Delhi that the Government will move the crucial
bill to amend the Land Acquisition Act in the coming session
After a 30-minute meeting with Singh, RLD chief Ajit Singh
told reporters that the Prime Minister has told him that the
bill would definitely be brought before Parliament in the next
He said the Prime Minister assured him that he would ask
Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh to hold
consultations on the bill after the RLD delegation pointed out
many lacunae in the existing amendment bill.
Congress MP Jagdambika Pal, who met the Prime Minister
separately on the same issue, said, "Singh expressed sorrow
and concern over the incident (violence in Noida)."
Meanwhile, police released sketches of 24 trouble-makers
who incited violence in Agra based on the video footage of the
violence in the district and maintained a strict vigil.
"We have released posters of 24 trouble makers. Of them 15
have been identified by villagers," DIG Agra Aseem Arun said.
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 50,000
for his arrest.
22 people have been arrested in Greater Noida on charges
of rioting, assault and attempt to murder, an official said.
The BJP called a bandh in Greater Noida and Noida to
protest police action on farmers. Party workers were seen
visiting markets and requesting shopkeepers to down their
shutters in the two areas.