NHRC to send team to Greater Noida to investigate violence during farmers' agitation

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today said it would depute its investigation team to Greater Noida near here in Uttar Pradesh for an on-the-spot inquiry in the recent violence in Bhatta village and nearby areas during an agitation by farmers about land acquisition and compensation issues.

"The NHRC is pained to see complaints and media reports alleging large scale violence in village Bhatta and other nearby areas in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh leading to loss of life and injuries to several persons, including the officers on the state government's duty," a statement from the Commission said.

"In view of the gravity of the situation, the Commission has decided to depute its investigation team for conducting an on the spot inquiry in the matter. In several complaints received in the Commission, it has been alleged that the police mercilessly lathi-charged the farmers who were demanding more compensation for their land which is being acquired by the state government. Incidents of stone pelting of government officials by the agitating farmers, and the police personnel tresspassing the villagers' houses, outraging women's dignity and burning of crops were alleged. Allegedly, fire was also exchanged between the police and some agitators," the statement added.


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