UP govt orders Judicial probe in Greater Noida violence

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Lucknow, Aug 14 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh government today ordered a Judicial probe into yestreday's violence at Greater Noida in which altogether four farmers were killed and more than 50 people, including 35 policemen wounded.

The Judicial probe would be headed by a retired High Court Judge, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Vijay Shankar Pandey said here.

The terms and references of the probe were under process along with the name of the Retired Judge, he added.

The CM has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the deceased' kin from the CM Discretionary Quota, while the each bereaved family would receive Rs 3 lakh as monetary help from the Greater Noida Authority, Mr Pandey said.

The seriously wounded would get solatium between Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh, while the minor injured would get Rs 15,000 as help, he added.

He confirmed that altogether four farmers were killed, while 15 received critical injuries in yesterday's police firing at Greater Nodia. Besides, 35 policemen were injured in the clash.

The Principal Secretary, on behalf of the government, however, said demand of the farmers was unjustified as they had alreday accepted the compensation for their acquired land as per the agreement.

Principal Secretary for Home Fateh Bahadur said 19 farmers had been arrested over yesterday's incident so far.

Meanwhile, giving information about the current situation at Greater Noida, State Director General of Police (DGP) Vikram Singh said the situation was normal and additional police forces had been deployed on the spot to avert any fresh violence.

However, without naming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh, the DGP said some political leaders attempted to enter the spot, but were intercepted.

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