Three farmers injured in police firing in Greater Noida (Lead)

February 21st, 2011 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Greater Noida, Feb 21 (IANS) Farmers on a sit-in to demand higher compensation for land Monday mistakenly attacked a security forces truck that drew up near them, kidnapped a sub inspector who had alighted to relieve himself, and took away his light machine gun. In a clash later with Noida police, three farmers were injured and the kidnapped officer rescued.The incident occurred late Monday afternoon in Bhatta-Parsaul locality of Greater Noida under Dankaur police station of this newly coming up township.

The District Magistrate of Noida, Deepak Agrawal said the farmers were staging a dharna at the Yamuna Expressway site office at Dankaur. Late in the afternoon, a truckload of police force of the Provincial Armed Constabulary was returning to Meerut after performing their duties for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s visit.

The driver of the three-tonne vehicle parked the truck near the area to relieve himself. The farmers mistakenly thought the police force had arrived to take action against them in view of their ongoing tussle with the district administration.

The farmers attacked the PAC truck and kidnapped a sub inspector and snatched his Light Machine Gun (LMG). When the district administration came to know about the incident they tried to rescue the officer but the farmers got violent and clashed with the police. During the exchange of firing, three farmers sustained bullet injuries.

The injured farmers were taken to the Kailash Hospital where attending doctors declared their condition stable. The injured farmers were identified as Ravinder, his wife Manviri, and Laveen - all resident of Bhatta Parsaul.

“An FIR is being lodged against the farmers who had kidnapped a PAC officer without any provocation. Their dharna had nothing to do with this PAC episode. The farmers’ demand cannot be fulfilled. They are demanding too high compensation for their land. Other demands are also not genuine,” said the district magistrate.

The farmers’ leader Manvir Singh Teotia said: “The farmers demands are very genuine. The state has acquired the precious land at a throwaway price for private builders, which is totally an unlawful act. We have demanded to accommodate the farmers’ children in jobs and that the quota percentage be hiked from 5 percent to 25 percent.”

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