Farmers in G Noida village skip I-Day over state govt attitude

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Noida, Aug 15 (UNI) Two days after the farmer-Police clashes in Greater Noida which left four farmers dead and over 50 of them injured, farmers in the village Bacheda in the area skipped the Independence Day celebrations, expressing their anger over what they called the injustice by the state government.

Alleging that the attitude of the Mayawati-led Uttar Pradesh government towards them reminded them of the pre-Independence India, the farmers of 'Gaon Bacheda' in Greater Noida decided not to celebrate the Independence Day. Expressing their solidarity with the farmers of the village were people from the neighbouring villages.

Four farmers were killed and at least 15 policemen and 45 farmers were injured in the clash on Wednesday outside the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority office. The farmers were demanding enhanced compensation for their land acquired after 2005.

Blaming the Mayawati government of an unsympathetic attitude, the farmers alleged that the four people who died in the clashes were cremated in a surreptitious manner by the authorities without informing their families.

Insolidarity with the farmers of Gaon Bacheda, the farmers of the neighbouring villages also skipped Independence day celebrations.

Meanwhile, the state government had send the Deputy SP in the STF Triveni Singh to Greater Noida on a temporary posting as the Deputy SP of the area Kuldeep Singh was among those injured in Wednesday's clash.

Additional police forces have already been deployed on the spot to avert any fresh violence.

In a panchayat held in village Bacheda attended by local leaders of the Samajwadi Party, the farmers decided to continue their agitation against the authorities.

Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a judicial probe into yestreday's violence at Greater Noida.

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