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Old 17-Aug-2010
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Agitating UP farmers continue sit-in

Agitating UP farmers continue sit-in

Aligarh/Mathura: Hundreds of agitating farmers Monday continued their indefinite sit-in at violence-hit Aligarh's Jikarpur village to press for higher compensation for land acquired for a township along Taj Expressway.

Officials said no untoward incident has been reported as a heavy contingent of security personnel has been deployed in nearly a dozen villages along the Expressway connecting Noida to Agra. Two persons and a PAC jawan were killed and nine injured in clashes between protesters and police in Aligarh on Saturday.

"The district was calm today. The roadblocks have been removed. There was no untoward incident," Senior Superintendent of Police Satindervir Singh said.

Officials said the district administration was making efforts to end the standoff involving the farmers who today held a mahapanchayat at Jikarpur village.

Opposition leaders, including former BJP president Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in UP Assembly Shiv Pal Singh Yadav and RLD leader Ajit Singh, addressed the mahapanchayat, where they extended support to the agitating farmers.

In Mathura area, a group of agitators pelted stones on police when they tried to stop them from moving out of village Baghai.

"No major incident has been reported since last night," District Magistrate Dinesh Chandra Shukla said.

The situation in Avakhera village that witnessed pitched battle between police and villagers yesterday morning is also limping back to normal.

Ordering a judicial inquiry, the Mayawati government had yesterday shunted out Divisional Commissioner of Aligarh J B Sinha, District Magistrate Rama Rao and SSP Vijay Prakash and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each of the bereaved families.

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