Fifty-eight farmers were arrested after they clashed with the police during a protest demanding compensation for their lands which were acquired for an affordable housing project, following which villagers blocked the Delhi-Saharanpur highway.
Fifty-eight farmers were arrested after they clashed with the police during a protest demanding compensation for their lands which were acquired for an affordable housing project, following which villagers blocked the Delhi-Saharanpur highway. SDM Loni Prem Singh Ranjan today said that the farmers had yesterday gheraod the area where construction vehicles were levelling the land for Avas Vikas housing scheme. The farmers were demanding compensation of their acquired lands and were asking authorities to revise the rates. The administration tried to mediate but the farmers stuck to their stand following which the authorities warned them that police would use force if they do not leave the area. The police used mild lathi-charge to disperse the crowd and the irate villagers resorted to stone-pelting. They also damaged a police vehicle.
The police arrested 58 farmers for taking the law in their hands and for obstructing government work. On getting information about the same, locals from five villages, who were agitating for compensation, gathered on the Delhi-Saharanpur highway and blocked it for at least one hour.
District Magistrate Ministhy S and Senior Superintendent of Police H N Singh reached the spot and calmed the agitators, assuring them about the release of those arrested. The farmers were released on personal bonds later last night.
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The SDM claimed that the villagers were being misguided by farmer leader Manveer Singh Teotia who had spearhead the Bhatta Parsaul land acquisition protest in Greater Noida. Teotia’s entry in Ghaziabad district has been banned. The administration would move court to get his bails cancelled and he would be booked under the National Security Act, the SDM said.