UP farmers' agitation spreads to new cities

United News of India

Lucknow, May 8, 2011

The farmers' agitation in Greater Noida of Uttar Pradesh, on the issue of agricultural land being acquired for an expressway and other projects, has spread to Agra and Aligarh in the state.

The death toll in yesterday's violence in Greater Noida has gone upto four today with a farmer succumbing to his injuries at a hospital.

The state police, which had blamed absconding farmers' leader Manveer Singh Tibatiya for yesterday's incident, has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information about his whereabouts.

A report from Agra said that villagers fought a pitched battle with the police near Chogana Garhi village under Etmadpur police station on the Yamuna Expressway this morning. Three policemen were injured in the clash.

The protestors torched JCB machines and tents of a private company J P Infratech. Additional police forces have been rushed to the spot to control the situation.

In Aligarh, farmers staged a demonstration near Tappal village against the police atrocities in Noida. The protestors blocked the highway and raised anti-government slogans.

Meanwhile, state special Director General of Police (Law and Order) Brij Lal, who is camping at Noida since last night, told UNI on telephone that the situation in Noida and Agra was under control.

He said prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been promulgated in Noida, Agra and other places of the state where farmers have started their agitation.

Police teams have been dispatched to several places to locate Mr Tibatiya, Mr Lal said.