Fifteen injured in Noida during demolition

March 6th, 2009 - 10:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Noida, March 6 (IANS) At least 15 people were reportedly injured when the police resorted to baton charge and firing after residents of a village here resisted a demolition drive in their area.
According to villagers, around 10 a.m. Friday, five bulldozers accompanied by nearly 50 policemen arrived in the village and started razing down the houses.

“Without saying anything, they started razing our houses. When we resisted, they beat us with batons and fired at us. Many of our people and several women got injured in the incident. Little children also received injuries. The injured were taken to the hospital,” said Manoj Chauhan, one of the people who was injured in the clash.

The Noida authority, however, claimed that a notification for acquisition of the village land was issued two months ago.

“We had sent notification to all of them two months back, but they did not vacate the land,” an officer of the Noida authority told IANS.

However, claiming that the villagers had not received any compensation for their land Chauhan said: “We have not been given any compensation for our lands. The authority did not notify us for acquisition of our land under Section 4 and 6 of the Land Acquisition Act.

“Earlier, we were assured that they would only clear land for a 45 meter road. But today (Friday), they came and said they had to clear everything for giving way to a 100-metre road that passes through the immediate periphery of our village where some of the houses are located,” Chauhan said.

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