Two PAC jawans killed in clash with farmers in Noida: DM hit

State transport officials held hostage by farmers were rescued today after a clash with police in whic two Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) jawans were killed and ten people were injured at Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi, official sources said.

Gautam Buddha Nagar District Magistrate Deepak Aggarwal was admitted to hospital after he was hit in the leg by a bullet.

The farmers of Bhatta Parsaul village in western Uttar Pradesh were demanding higher compensation for land being acquired for the Delhi-Agra Expressway. They alleged that the government acquires land at cheap rates and sells them to private builders at high prices.

They took officials of State Transport Corporation hostage during the protest, sources said. When the police tried to rescue the hostages, the farmers turned violent.

Police resorted to a cane charge to control the situation. However, the farmers started firing in retaliation in which the District Magistrate, along with City Magistrate Sanjay Chauhan, Senior Superintendent of Police Surya Nath Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police Rahul Kumar and SHO Dankaur Rajeev Kumar, was injured.

All the injured were admitted to Kailash hospital.

The managing director of the hospital, Dr Mahesh Verma, said the two PAC jawans Manohar Singh and Manveer Singh were brought in a serious condition to the hospital and died during the treatment.

The District Magistrate was also admitted to Kailash hospital where his leg was being operated upon.

The State transport officials identified as D K Bhardwaj, Niranjan Das and Jitendra Kumar held hostage by the agitators have been freed, sources said.

Additional forces have been deployed near Bhatta Parsaul village to keep the situation under control.

The farmers under the leadership of Manveer Singh have been agitating for compensation since January.


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