NAPM Condemns Brutal Lathi Charge by Police on Farmers Protesting Land Acquisition in Ghaziabad for Wave City Project

January 5, 2013

New Delhi, January 4 : NAPM condemns the brutal lathai charge on the farmers who were protesting, under the banner of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, the illegal acquisition of land for wave city project developed by the Ponty Chadha group in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday and were demanding halting of work. Protesting farmers were brutally lathi charged by the DSP Arvind Kumar. He along with other police men lathi charged the women and men protesters, which left three women (Rajesh Devi, Rajvati and Prema) with fractures in hand and twenty others injured, in complete violation of the law. Police has been working hand in glove with the builders who don’t even have the mandatory clearance from the National Capital Region planning Board. Women protesters were man handled and brutally beaten without any presence of female police. In past, too false cases have been imposed on six farmers and the activists of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, including its Secretary, Dr. Rupesh Verma.

Since Wednesday, they have been continuing their dharna against this brutal assault but no action has been taken against the guilty officials. In that regard, they staged at a demonstration at the Jantar Mantar today afternoon demanding action against DSP Shri Arvind Kumar.

It needs to be noted that the Wave city project is spread over 9,000 acres of land, which will affect 10,000 families of 23 villages in Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar districts of Uttar Pradesh. The land purchase started without declaring the intended purpose by the builder through real state agents in 2005, after paying at the rate of agricultural land. Simultaneously, in collusion with the Ghaziabad Development Authority officials they got the land use changed from agricultural to urban development, thereby making a windfall gain on the purchase price. Wave City developers till date have acquired nearly 1850 acres from the villages of Nayafal, Kazipura, Mehrauli, Dasna and Bayana of Ghaziabad district on which construction work is in progress at the moment. It need to be noted that apart from the private purchase, Uttar Pradesh government acquired their residence land, village common land or any other private land using urgency clause, Section 17, of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894.

Most of the farmers affected by the project are marginal farmers with land holding upto two acres. Farmers of the villages Dujana, Kachera, Duryee of the Gautam Buddh Nagar District recaptured their land in October 2012 which was forcefully acquired from them. They have also started farming on that land. The recent lathi charge happened when they went protesting and demanded halting of the complete work, since the developer have cheated the farmers, made windfall gain by converting the land use and UP government used Urgency clause which was not at all necessary. The project has been resisted by the farmers for nearly five years now, but even then successive governments have continued to support it.

Kisan Sangharsh Samiti alleges sever irregularities and collusion of officials and also investments of the powerful politicians in the project. We demand an impartial enquiry and immediate action against the DSP who lathi charged the protesters and severely injured them. We also demand that farmers from whom the land has been fraudulently purchased be paid actual market value after the land use change and adequate resettlement and rehabilitation plans be prepared for them. We also demand that pending an independent enquiry, all the work on the project must stop with immediate effect.

Bhupinder Singh Rawat, Rajendra Ravi, Baljeet Singh, Vimal Bhai, Madhuresh Kumar, Seela Manaswinee, Anita Kapoor, Sunita Rani
Contact : Dr. Rupesh Verma, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, 9953461516

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