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Farmers protest against township, choke NH-24

Comments Off on Farmers protest against township, choke NH-24   |   January 29, 2014    02:02pm   |Contributed by manoja

GHAZIABAD: Farmers agitation against a private township project in Ghaziabad turned violent on Sunday and chocked NH-24 for hours resulting in a massive traffic jam on Sunday.

Thousand of farmers from 18 villages, whose land has come under the 9,000 acre proposed city, began a march from the project site to the Ghaziabad collectorate. Hundred of commuters got stuck in a massive traffic jam on NH-24 as the farmers rode on their heavy vehicles and tractors blocking the route. The farmers even misbehaved and thrashed some commuters when asked to free the highway.

Farmers have been up against the private developer since December 16. Intensified their agitation, they warned that the developer and state government have been forcing them to repeat the Bhatta-Parsaul episode. “By not paying heed to our issues for many years, the developer and government are trying to provoke us. Till now we have holding peaceful dharnas, but soon farmers may take the law in their own hands,” said Anand Nagar, farmer leader and district president of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti.

Government officials chose to remain silent on the issue. A senior official, on the condition of anonymity, said the MoU for the project was executed between the former BSP government and the developer and GDA has nothing with it. “We have received a memorandum from farmers, but this issue cannot be sorted out at our level,” the official added.


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