Another Bhatta Parsaul in the making

Press Trust of India Chandauli (UP) | Updated on June 09, 2011 Published on June 09, 2011

Farmers oppose move to acquire land for sewage plant in UP

After agitations by farmers of Bhatta Parsaul and Katesar here, farmers of Sathwa, Sarnath and other villages are up in arms, threatening to commit mass suicide if their land is acquired.

Farmers of Sathwa, Hridaipur, Rajnahia and Ghuripur Sai, whose lands are to be acquired for establishment of sewage treatment plant (STP) of 120 MLD capacity are on dharna under the banner of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (KSS) for the past 56 days.

“We are sitting on dharna from last 56 days and there is no response from the administration. We started our agitation on April 15, and now we have decided to commit mass suicide after June 30 by hanging ourselves from the mango trees at the dharna place here,” Mr Yashoda Patel, President of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Sathwa, said.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Sadar), Mr Vivek, said the matter would be look into.

Mr Patel said the farmers wanted the land acquisition process to be scrapped as the farm lands were highly fertile and were also used for growing vegetables commercially. He said farmers of Katesar were also supporting them.

The notice was issued for acquisition of 42 hectares to help Jal Nigam to establish 120 MLD and 140 MLD capacities of STP at Sathwa last month.

Bhatta Parsaul village near Greater Noida emerged as the epicentre of the agitation last month by farmers demanding higher compensation for their land acquired by the Mayawati Government.

Published on June 09, 2011
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