UP govt. announces reward of Rs 50,000 on Tewatia's arrest

The Uttar Pradesh government has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 thousand for Manveer Singh Tewatia, the absconding leader of a farmers' agitation in Greater Noida which exploded yesterday in violence that claimed three lives.

According to senior superintendent of police Suryanath Singh, the state government has announced this reward regarding his arrest.

The agitation, that was simmering since January, exploded into full-blown violence in Greater Noida yesterday. Agitating farmers took three government employees hostage and then engaged the police who came to their rescue in a gunbattle that left two constables and a farmer dead and several injured.

Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate Deepak Aggarwal received a bullet on his right knee while Mr Suryanath Singh was also injured in the clash at Bhatta-Parsaul.

The trouble started on Friday when the farmers -- demanding greater compensation for land being acquired for a toll road and other projects -- took three workers of a state-run bus service hostage.

When the police reached Bhatta to rescue the hostages, they were greeted with lathis, rods, stones and bullets.

State Director General of Police Karamveer Singh alleged that Mr Tewatia incited the farmers to resort to agitation and violence. He said Mr Tewatia beat a hasty retreat from the village following

police action. "He is reported to have fled the village in his vehicle," Mr Singh said.

A search operation is on to nab him, police sources added.


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