Land acquisition: Mutiny at Maya’s village!
Allahabad: In a fresh trouble to Mayawati
government, farmers from the Chief Minister's village on Wednesday
filed pleas in the Allahabad High Court challenging
acquisition of more than 200 hectares and alleged that plots
belonging to "influential" land-owners were exempted in a
"Altogether 50 farmers from Badalpur village in Gautam
Buddh Nagar district have filed their petitions. They have
challenged the acquisition of 230 hectares falling in the
village by the state government vide notifications issued in
the year 2008," petitioners' lawyer V M Zaidi told reporters.
Zaidi said the petitioners have alleged that the state
government had acquired the land by invoking the urgency
clause that the land was needed for industrial development of
"The farmers' contention is that in this way they were
denied the opportunity to raise objections or bargain for
adequate compensation. Yet, a number of influential farmers in
the village were granted exemption from the acquisition in a
discriminatory and arbitrary manner," the lawyer said.
The government is under attack for acquiring land in a
number of villages in Gautam Buddh Nagar district for
developing the Noida Extension areas.
Acquisition of more than 150 hectares in a village was
set aside by the High Court and the state government's appeal
against the judgement was turned down by the Supreme Court