25 hurt as Haryana farmers’ land stir turns violent (Lead, Changing dateline)

July 22nd, 2012 - 7:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Rewari (Haryana), July 22 (IANS) At least 25 people, including protesting farmers and policemen, were injured Sunday as an agitation against land acquisition turned violent in Haryana’s Rewari district, police said.

Police fired in the air after a cane-charge and bursting of tear-gas failed to control the farmers in Bawal block of the district who were trying to block the busy Delhi-Jaipur national highway, some 325 km from state capital Chandigarh.

The protesting villagers, mostly from the Gujjar community, held some policemen captive for some time, torched a police post and set vehicles on fire.

Police sources said that five vehicles, including state transport buses, were set on fire.

Unconfirmed reports said that one farmer received a bullet injury in the stomach.

The farmers, who were opposing land acquisition in their area, had gathered for a mahapanchayat to discuss the acquisition of over 3,300 acres of land in over 15 villages for setting up an industrial area.

The Bawal belt of this district already has an industrial estate and the Haryana government wants to extend that further.

A district administration official said that farmers set on fire the police post at Kasola village.

Trouble broke out when the farmers started to move towards the highway to block it and police prevented them from doing so.

Earlier this month, the protesting farmers here had damaged government property and vehicles to protest against the land acquisition.

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