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Rahul meets PM with UP farmers, says situation bad there

Congress General Secretary and MP Rahul Gandhi with a delegation of farmers from Uttar Pradesh meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on May 16, 2011.
Congress General Secretary and MP Rahul Gandhi with a delegation of farmers from Uttar Pradesh meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on May 16, 2011.

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here today along with a delegation of Uttar Pradesh farmers and apprised him of the situation in the Greater Noida village where farmers have resorted to agitation over the issue of acquisition of their land.

After the meeting, Mr Gandhi told reporters that he was "very much concerned" over the developments in the Noida village where people had been "killed" and women "raped:.

"The situation is pretty bad there. People have been killed and women raped. Houses have been burnt," he added.

"The situation is pretty bad there. People have been murdered and women raped. Houses have been destroyed. There is a 70-foot ash-pit there with dead bodies in it. Everybody in the village knows...That is the main issue here," he added.

He said the government was committed to the Land Acquisition Act and hopefully, the Bill would be passed in the next session of Parliament.

He, however, said it was a complicated issue and the main issue here was "atrocities" against the farmers.

"The question is how do we treat our own people. After all they are Indian people and we have to take care of them," he said.

Mr Gandhi, who recently spent a day with the farmers but was arrested by the Mayawati government, said the farmers had expressed their desire to meet the Prime Minister.

"I only facilitated their meeting with the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister listened to them very patiently," the Congress General Secretary said.

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