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 "discriminatory" manner.

"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 area.

"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 recently.

PTI