Farmers clash with police

A PAC jawan was killed and the District Magistrate of Noida injured along with scores of others as pitched battles on Saturday erupted between farmers and police which tried to rescue three roadways employees held hostage by agitators demanding better compensation for land.

A large contingent of police, Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and anti-riot personnel along with district officials today descended on Bhatta Parsaul village in Gautam Buddha Nagar district where farmers had yesterday taken hostage three roadways employees who were conducting a survey of a new bus route.

However, the farmers, armed with sticks, allegedly attacked the personnel and even opened fire. A PAC jawan was killed and District Magistrate Deepak Aggarwal, who went to the village hoping to resolve the hostage crisis through talks, suffered a bullet injury and was rushed to hospital, police said.

Officials said the DM’s condition was stable.

The security personnel retaliated, opening fire and lobbing tear gas shells to quell the mob. They succeeded in releasing the three employees of the state run bus service.

Sources said scores of farmers and policemen, including SP of Gautambudh Nagar Surya Nath Singh, were injured. But the exact numbers were not immediately available.

The farmers have been agitating since January 17 for better compensation for their land acquired by Uttar Pradesh Government.

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