Greater Noida CEO changed after farmers’ deaths

August 14th, 2008 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh), Aug 14 (IANS) Chairman and CEO of the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority Lalit Srivastava was Thursday removed from the CEO’s post Thursday following the death of five people in violence over the acquisition of farmers’ land by the government, officials said. Srivastava, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, will continue to be chairman, while Pankaj Agarwal, another IAS officer who was principal secretary (planning) at the state capital Lucknow, will take over as CEO of the region’s governing body.

Meanwhile, the headman of Ghori Bachera, a hamlet on the outskirts of Greater Noida, Thursday claimed that the dead body of a farmer had been found in a field. But the police did not confirm the fincding.

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

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 who suddenly made a charge, police opened fire in which the protesters were killed.

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