Jhansi farmers protest against government’s land acquisition

Scores of farmers staged a protest in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi city on Tuesday to protest against the government’s acquisition of their lands.

The agitating farmers also demanded proper compensation for their lands.

“We want proper compensation for the lands that have been taken by the government, the lands which have been snatched from us. They have taken our wells, our tress; we want compensation for that or else give us land in place of the lands that were taken away,” said Roop Singh, a farmer.

The farmers said that they are not happy with the way their lands are being used.

“They are making dams, lakes and if they would make the dams, how will we survive? We are also facing drought from the past three years and now this is happening with us for the past one-and-a-half years. We have children with us. We do not even get proper wages for labour work. How will my family survive?” said Mohan, a farmer.

The state government has notified that land would be acquired in 1,192 villages of four Uttar Pradesh districts for the project worth 90 billion rupees.

Jaypee Group, a civil engineering company, is executing this project. (ANI)

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