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Greater Noida farmers, UP govt arrive on agreement in land row

* 2005: Farmers of the village met Samajwadi leader Amar Singh and demanded that they be paid “good” compensation rates for their lands
* January, 2006: Farmers agreed to give away their lands but demanded better compensation
* February, 2006: Farmers agreed to accept the then compensation rate on the condition that they be given a written guarantee that the rate will be increased in future
* Februay 5, 2008: Greater Noida authority increased compensation rates to Rs 850 per sq metre; the new rates were implemented from April 1
* February 6, 2008: Farmers disrupted development work in sector Omicron in Greater Noida; demanded that the compensation at new rates be paid to the 8 villages adjoining Ghodi-Bacheda
* March 5, 2008: Authority assured the farmers of fulfilling demands by March 25; protests ended by farmers.
* April 28, 2008: Thousands of farmers from the eight villages gheraoed the office of the Greater Noida Authority. Chairman of the Authority Lalit Srivastava assured them of fulfilling their demands within a month
* June 9, 2008: Farmers gheraoed the office of the Authority again; a committee was set up by the Authority to handle the matter and farmers were persuaded to wait for 2 more months
* August 2, 2008: Farmers disapproved of the new compensation rate and stalled the work in the Omicron sector
* August 11: The Authority, without taking farmers into confidence, announced the compensation rate would be 146-167 Rs per ‘gaj’ ex gratia
* August 13: Farmers and policemen clash during protests; five farmers killed

*August 21: UP Govt resolves farmers issue by agrreing to most of their demands..l

In an apparent softening of stand, farmers of Ghora-Bachera in Greater Noida on Wednesday left it to the UP government to seek legal advice on ways to provide them with the dues of land acquired from them in 2006.

On August 13, villagers had clashed with the police, seeking enhanced compensation for land acquired from them by the state government, leaving four dead in police firing.

UP Minister Thakur Jaiveer Singh and State Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh today held parleys with the Greater Noida Kisan Sangarsh Samiti here to discuss the issue.

After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary told reporters that the farmers have agreed to leave it to the state government to find legal ways to get them their dues.

He explained that once the compensation is given, no further compensation could be provided for the same land.

"However, we will take legal advice and look into demands made by the farmers for more compensation earlier. If there are provisions to give more compensation it will be handed over to the farmers," he said.

The Samiti also submitted their charter of demands to the representatives of the state government. The demand included withdrawal of police cases, more compensation to those killed and repair of damaged property during the clash.

The state government said no further police action will be taken against the farmers and also announced to increase the compensation to Rs 10 lakhs each to next of those killed in the police firing.

The government also agreed to provide a plot to erect statues of the farmers killed in the clash. It also agreed to bear the entire medical expenditure of those critically injured in the August 13 incident. (Source PTI)

The monsoon session of Uttar Pradesh legislature, which began on a stormy note on Monday with the opposition demanding a debate on police firing on farmers in Greater Noida last week, faced adjournments several times.

As soon as the vidhan sabha assembled this morning, Congress and Samajwadi Party members demanded immediate debate on the Greater Noida police firing seeking suspension of the business of the House.

They did not not even allow Chief Minister Mayawati to make an important announcement on the implementation of the sixth pay commission report by the state government.

Carrying banners and shouting slogans demanding resignation of the "anti- farmers" government the opposition forced adjournment of the entire question hour in two phases.

Pandemonium continued when the house reassembled with the leader of opposition Mulayam Singh Yadav and Congress legislature party leader Pramod Tewari locking horns with the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma over the need for immediate taking up of the issue.

When the speaker Sukhdev Rajbhar said that the matter would be taken up as an adjournment notice later, the Congress and Samajwadi Party members trooped into the well of the house shouting slogans.

In the Legislative Council, the opposition also raised the similar issue, leading to adjournment of the House for an hour.

 

Compensation amount to the families of the farmers killed in police firing be raised from Rs.300,000 to Rs.15 lakh...says Ghrori Shok sabha Panchayat

About 5000 farmers gathered at Ghori Village on Monday demanding the dismissal of the Mayawati government and protested the acquisition of farmland by the Uttar Pradesh government at what they claimed were cheaper rates. At a massive meeting held at Ghori-Bachhera village, the farmers announced that they would meet President Pratibha Patil and United Progressive ALliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi to submit their demand for dismissal of the state government.

Farmers gathered from the nearby districts of Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Baghpat, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Ghaziabad to condemn the police firing on farmers on Aug 13 in which five people were killed and passed a resolution that the farmers would not allow further acquisition of their land.

Farmers’ leader Raj Kumar Bhati said: “The authorities forcibly acquire farmers’ lands at a very meagre price and then sell these at a very high premium - more than 100 times. The land is the only livelihood of the poor farmers. After the acquisition of land, the farmers become jobless and their unskilled generations do not get any job. Therefore, to save their families, no further land acquisition is acceptable to us.”

“If the land is required for any development, it should be bought directly from the farmer through negotiations at the prevailing market rate,” added Bhati.

The meeting passed a resolution that criminal cases filed against farmers be withdrawn immediately, the compensation amount to the families of the farmers killed in police firing be raised from Rs.300,000 to Rs.1.5 million and a job be provided to a member of the family whose land had been acquired, Bhati said.

Earlier, the district administration fortified the entire district by barricading the entry points at several places. Senior leaders Ajit Singh, Digvijay Singh, Sachin Pilot, and Mahendra Singh Tikait were reportedly stopped en route. Farmers’ leader Tikait was detained at Meerut while other leaders were arrested at UP Gate and Lal Kuan.

On Aug 13, about 2,000 farmers had gathered outside the Greater Noida authority office to demand higher compensation for the land acquired in previous years for infrastructure projects, including industries and an international airport which have now been shelved.

The police initially resorted to a baton-charge to disperse the farmers, who had intensified their agitation and wanted to storm the authority office. When the baton-charge failed to quell the angry farmers, the police opened fire in which five farmers were killed.

 

Greater Noida Police Firing On Farmers Going In to Roots....

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From the begining when the authority was taking shape..one of the main objective was that the people of this area must benefit...from the urbanisation and economic growth..of this area...intially it was followed that the 6% of the developed land was gven to farmeres...and atleast one member of the family was being givin a training so that he/she is self employed or gets an wage employment..infrastructure was developed...and so many colleges were funded..some kiosks were alloted.....markets like Jagat Farm, CM Market at Beta-II were regulated...there was a constant diologue ..villagers were made awrae how the money is coming...and how it was being spent...Intially schemes were launched for the benefit of only for original residents.....by and large their interests were being looked after,.....in recent years...dialogue between new habitants, original residents, press, RWAs, NMCs have been almost negligible...NMCs...a platform for dialogue betweeen people and authority is now defunct....because of lack of interest amongst authoritry officers...communication has totally broken out....Everybody thinks that authority is busy in making only money....trhere is feeling that authority is busy in selling land to the builders...farmesr felt dejected and this is how they expressed angusih.....

GNIDA will have to find out the ways out for the benefit of local people...complete insensitiveness to the to the needs and the feelings of the residents has resulted into resentment.Except alpha, beta, and gama sectors...in the new sector 5% reservation for poor amongst the poor has been made...is it being followed?...Can dhobhi, plumber afford the house costing Rs 5 lakh? Hue and cry is being made about Night Safari, Airport, Metro Rail, IT Schemes, HOTEL Schemes, .every now and then...and the basic issue of electricity, security and connectivity has been burried along with five core Greater Noida objectives of provision of infrastructure of international standerds...supply exceeds demand..green and relaxaing environment, Holistic planning.....integration of rural and urban community. All these things are there in the Master Plan 2021 ...which deals largely with landuse planning and the vision/action plan.

Now onwards an effors need to be made for the rural population's participation in the.....urbanisation and economic growth . ...to avoid such an ugly incidents of firing.

 

Shri Bijender Singh Bhati, Senior BJP, leader Says, "...On Sunday Kisan Maha Panchayat is being held--at Sakipur....about 2000 farmers will gather and take the decision about further strategy on land acquisition and compensation by Greater Noida Authority.....District Administration should sit with the farmers and find out the solution"....

Shri Raj Kumar Bhati, President, Jan Morcha (Western UP) Says, "..There is a resentment amongst farmers in recent years...their genuine demands are being ignored...villagers have no permission to visit Greater Noida Authority office..farmers are angry...as authority is working only for profits and not for the benefit of villagers and farmers of the region...farmers entry has been banned in the authority...till the time authority is having upperhand this problem will persist..the farmers should have the representation in the board of the authority..that is only the solution..".

Shri Virender Dadha, Senior Congress Leader Says, "Kisans came to Authority to press for higher compensatation, the leadership of the demonstrating farmers was wrong...police resorted to lathi charge, ...police firing...because even district administration guiding the force was wrong, It is a killing of a democracy..The incident of police firing is quite unfortunate and I condemn it in the strongest words. We have planned Maha Panchayat on 18th at Ghori, we will bring farmers even from Jewar Tehsil..The only solution is Hon'ble Chief Minister Ms Mayawati should come personally...listen to the demands of farmers directly...as the correct information is not being transmitted to the higher ups of the government. .In neighbouring state Harayana farmers sale 70% of the land to purchaser directly ...and 30% land is acquired by the government...there farmers sale the land directly..here Greater Noida Authority is acting as a broker."

 

Shantonu Sen, First Resident of Greater Noida City Says, "What happened on the door steps of Greater Noida Authority on 13th August 2008, is sad, unfortunate, and a blow to the cohesion in Greater Noida. Irrespective of any arguments as to who provoked , loss of lives, is to be deeply mourned by all of us who live in Greater Noida. The cry of the farmers for equity, justice and fair play should not have been answered by bullets… Even now it is not too late, to share the boom in Greater Noida lands prices, with its original residents. Immediately and within six weeks a sitting judge of some other high court than Allahabad should be requested to study the demands and the counter demands and announce award. Let us all pray for the soul of the departed and fervently hope that we are never visited by bloody event. Especially on the eve of India’s Independence this incident is too sad for words.

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Greater Noida Authority Gole Chakker view on 13th....August

 

100 political leaders arrested in Greater Noida

 

Two days after five farmers were killed in a clash with police in a Greater Noida village, around 100 leaders of different political parties were arrested on Friday when they attempted to march to the area flouting prohibitory orders....

The police arrested the political leaders when they attempted to barge into Ghori-Bachhera village where five farmers were killed in a clash with police Wednesday. The farmers were demanding adequate compensation for their land acquired by the government.

The leaders arrested include the Bharatiya Janata Party's Nawab Singh Nagar, former legislator from Noida, Ramesh Chand Tomar, former MP from Hapur, Sunil Sharma, Ghaziabad legislator; Satpal Yadav, former Bar Association president of Ghaziabad bar, Satpal Yadav, Jan Morcha leader, and Chaudhary Ajayvir Singh of the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

 

UP govt. orders probe into Greater Noida police firing

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday ordered a judicial probe into the Greater Noida police firing on farmers and increased the compensation of those killed in the incident.

"The decision of judicial probe has been taken on the directives of Chief Minister Mayawati," Principal Secretary Information Vijay Shankar Pandey told reporters here.

The probe will be conducted by a retired High Court judge.

He said the compensation of those killed in yesterday's firing has been increased to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 3 lakh announced earlier.

Pandey said a total of 15 farmers and 35 police men were injured in the incident and 19 persons were arrested by the police.

Pandey said four persons were killed in the firing and there was no policeman in the list of the deceased.

The government also announced Rs 15,000 to Rs one lakh as compensation to the injured persons.

When asked about the compensation of land acquired, Pandey said it was fixed only after an agreement with farmers in 2006

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Rajnath Singh arrested on his way to Greater Noida

Uttar Pradesh BJP president Rajnath Singh was arrested on Thursday by the UP Police, while he tried to enter Greater Noida, where four persons were killed when police opened fire on farmers demanding enhanced compensation for their acquired land.

The administration did not allow the BJP chief as it feared that his visit could create trouble said the District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar.

Four persons were killed and 50 were injured, including 15 policemen, following clashes in an incident of police firing after the farmer's agitation turned violent near the Greater Noida Development Authority office on Wednesday.

The farmers were demanding an enhanced compensation for their land acquired in 2003 and 2005 for building housing colonies by the State Government on the lines of those acquired in 2008.

Security personnel resorted to lathicharge and lobbed teargas shells to control mob and police opened fire as violence continued. Source Economic times

66 farmers missing, say mourning Ghori Bachhera villagers

Ghori Bachhera village of Greater Noida sunk into mourning and anger Thursday, a day after at least four agitating farmers were killed in clashes with police, as villagers alleged 66 people were still missing.

‘As many as 66 people of Ghori Bachhera have gone missing since Wednesday’s carnage,’ said Bhopal Singh, a lawyer from the village.

‘The police picked up Subedar Ramesh Rawal, a critically injured farmer, from the hospital and also picked up his son Sandeep Rawal who had gone to see his father,’ he said, showing a list of the 66 people who, according to him, were yet to return home after the tragedy.

Over 10,000 people of Ghori Bachhera were in the mourning, he said. At a condolence meet, village leaders said the police used force and cremated the bodies of the four farmers killed.

Surendra Singh, a villager, said at a condolence meeting: ‘The policemen in the wee hours of Thursday barged into the houses of the farmers - Om Prakash, the husband of village council head Omwati, Jagdish and Raj Kumar, picked them up and asked them to receive the bodies, and threatened them.’

‘They also forced them to accept the compensation cheques for the deceased or face death,’ he said.

Many were still nursing their wounds.

‘I have never seen a day in my life as this. The police shot dead some of our people point blank. We cried for help, but they beat us mercilessly,’ said Mohan Rawal, 60, showing his wounded foot.

The deceased have been identified as Yogesh Rawal, 30, Gopal, 48, Manoj Rawal, 22, and Rajendra Sharma, 40.

Villagers contested the official claim that only four people were killed and said several more were shot dead.

They said they found the body of a 45-year-old villager, Satte, early Thursday morning in the fields near Meethapur village. ‘His body bore wound marks,’ said Surendra Rawal, a villager.

‘The police have not come to know about his body or else they would snatch it from us and cremate it as an unidentified body,’ he said.

Senior Superintendent of Police R.K. Chaturvedi said: ‘About 40 injured people are in different hospitals. The villagers should tell us about the other missing persons and we are willing to trace them. If anybody is saying that we are terrifying them, it is not true.’

Asked about the body of Satte found in Meethapur, Chaturvedi said it was a case of natural death.

The farmers were agitating Wednesday for a better compensation package for the land the Uttar pradesh government acquired in the village two years ago.

In state capital Lucknow, Chief Minister Mayawati announced a judicial probe into the incident. (Source IANS)

 

 

Greater Noida turned into fortress.....

 

Injured being taken to Kailash Hospital in the ambulances....

 


TV vehicles for live show.....

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GREATER NOIDA: Anger over denial of enhanced compensation for land acquired in Greater Noida from farmers in eight villages led to a bloody confrontation with police on Wednesday, resulting in the death of four farmers in police firing and one constable in the violence.

Hundreds of farmers demanding higher compensation for their farmland acquired in 2006 broke through six layers of police barricades and security to stone the cops guarding the office of the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority to allegedly fire at them with countrymade weapons. The policemen fired back, killing four farmers.

The chairman of the authority, Lalit Srivastava, said that one cop was killed when he was run over by a tractor but the police were not willing to confirm the death.

The farmers also torched a police jeep and over half a dozen motorcycles in the area around the office of the authority. Police sources claimed that district police chief R K Chaturvedi, a subdivisional magistrate, a DSP and several other cops were injured in the stoning and brickbatting. Over two dozen people were arrested.

Coming under instant fire from Samajwadi Party chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav - who demanded registration of murder cases against those who had fired on the farmers - the Mayawati government strongly defended the police action.

Principal secretary, information, Vijay Shankar Pandey, said "antisocial elements" had indulged in violence and police had no option but to act tough. He said the government would deal with troublemakers firmly.

Pandey said the farmers' demand for revising the compensation given to them for in 2006 was unjustified. They had been given compensation at the then prevailing rate of Rs 382 per square metre but were now asking for Rs 850, which was effective only from April 1, 2007.

Authority chairman Srivastava told TOI that the land had been acquired for residential, IT and commercial use.

According to the Meerut police zone inspector general, Gian Singh, who reached Greater Noida after the violence broke out, "prohibitory orders, under Section 144 of CrPC, were in force but the farmers - a thousand of them had arrived in tractor trolleys and on foot - did not disperse at the first barricade. We kept warning them and they kept mowing down one barricade after another with tractors till they reached the very entrance to the authority." Source TOI