3 farmers, 2 PAC jawans killed in clash; LJP leader held

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Greater Noida, Aug 13 (UNI) A police-farmer clash over land compensation in Greater Noida today left two PAC jawans and three farmers dead and at least 15 policemen and 45 farmers grievously injured.

The violence occurred when thousands of farmers from Ghori Bajhera and nearby villages staged a dharna at the Greater Noida Authority demanding increased compensation for their lands acquired in the year 2005.

They clashed with the police force with firing from both sides.

Two PAC jawans and three farmers were killed in the clash while 15 policemen and at least 45 farmers were grievously injured.

The injured policemen included senior police official R K Chaturvedi, SP Traffic Ajay Sahdev, CO Kuldeep Singh and Surajpur station in charge S K Dubey.

The injured were taken to the Kailash hospital here. The agitated farmers also reached the spot and demanded that the bodies of their kins be handed to them. The irate farmers also torched eight police vehicles.

Till the filing of this report, the firing continued at irregular intervals and the atmosphere around both the Greater Noida Authority and the hospital remained charged.

PAC and police force from nearby areas have been called in to bring the situation under control.

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