100 political leaders arrested in Greater Noida

August 15th, 2008 - 10:46 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Bharatiya Janata Party

Greater Noida, Aug 15 (IANS) 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 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.

A senior police official said they had been detained for flouting Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code. They could inflame the situation which is calm now, he said. All the politicians have been kept in different police stations.

“The presence of political leaders might disturb peace in the area, therefore we stopped the big political leaders like Rajnath Singh, Ajit Singh, Rita Bahuguna Josahi, Sachin Pilot at the Uttar Pradesh Gate. Our foremost priority is to maintain peace in the area,” said the official.

The farmers’ protest over inadequate compensation of their acquired land at the Greater Noida office took an ugly turn when agitating villagers clashed with policemen and attempted to force their way into the office to meet the chairman Wednesday.

According to eyewitnesses, over 2,000 villagers were present at the demonstration when the clashes began. To control the agitating crowds, police used teargas for about 40 minutes. When that did not work, the police started shooting, in which five farmers were killed.

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