Rahul supports Bhatta-Parsaul Farmers’ Story

The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration owned 179.033 hectares and 142.679 hectares of land in Bhatta and Parsaul, was transferred to the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) to be developed as residential sectors. The issue sparked-off when few farmers were given compensation at the rate of Rs 815 per sq m while others were compensated at the revised rate of Rs 880 per sq m. The farmers were paid a little over Rs. 800 per square metre. The same land was sold to developers at Rs. 3200 a metre. And those developers are now offering residential plots, for example, at more than Rs. 14,000 a metre.

A strong police force was deployed at the Bhatta, Parsaul village, which witnessed violent clashes between the police and farmers due to the issue. 4 people, 2 policemen and 2 farmers, were killed when rioting farmers exchanged fire with police in Bhatta-Parsaul. Amid a curfew-like situation, the police have begun preparing special cards to be issued to villagers of Bhatta, Parsaul and Achhepur and adjoining hamlets. Even the former BJP President Rajnath Singh said that when he tried to visit Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida, he wasn’t allowed as Section 144 (curfew) was in force.

Although Social Activist Medha Patkar dodged security personnel and sneaked into Bhatta village in Greater Noida, where farmers clashed with police leaving two each from both sides dead and several others, including the local DM and the SSP, seriously injured. The senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi came out in support of the farmers saying that acquiring farmers’ land at cheap rates and permitting industrialists to misuse it is an out-and-out wrong deed.

Rahul Gandhi rode pillion on a motorcycle this Wednesday to meet the farmers protesting Uttar Pradesh Government’s land acquisition policy. Meanwhile, the Congress came down heavily on the BJP for terming Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s visit to an Uttar Pradesh farmers’ village as “drama” and said “no one can question the motive” behind it. In fact Rahul went there as an MP from Uttar Pradesh, a leader of the ruling party of this country and people can bot really question his motives and his right to do so.

He came out in open with his opinions and condemned the Mayawati government for the police action against farmers by saying that this makes him feel ashamed of being an Indian. But according to Inspector General of Police (Meerut Range) Rajnikant Mishra, Rahul has been arrested under Section 151 CrPC and will be presented before a Sub-Divisional Magistrate on Thursday.

The region saw four farmers die in police firing last year in August, following protests for higher compensation for their land. Many of the farmers have accepted compensation. But the money is running out fast and alternative employment simply isn’t there.

Garima Obrah

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