Violence erupts during land acquisition protest, 255 held

The Gautam Budh Nagar police on Tuesday arrested 255 villagers who were protesting against the land acquisition policies of the state government. The farmers want higher compensation for the land.

As many as 500 policemen were deputed on the Kakod-Jewar road to control the mob of nearly 1,000 farmers, who were protesting against land acquisition in their villages by the Yamuna Expressway Authority. The protest, which started on January 17, allegedly turned violent when the farmers started fighting among themselves.

“A few farmers started fighting with their leader, Manveer Tevatia, who fled the spot. We have arrested 59 women and 196 men under IPC Section 151, which recommends punishment for knowingly joining or continuing to assemble, when they have been commanded to disperse. All the arrested farmers have been sent to Dasna prison,” said Atul Saxena, SP Rural.

According to Kesari Singh Gurjar, president, Dehaat Morcha, “Around 1,000 farmers protested against the Land Acquisition policy. The act needs to be amended. The state government acquires the land for private use and gives us just eight per cent of the profit they receive from selling our lands to private bidders. We are protesting against land acquisition per se.”

Authority officials, however, said the demand for increased compensation was illogical.

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