Noida: Even as the Bhatta-Parsaul incident completes a month on Tuesday, the farmers who fled the villages due to the police highhandedness are yet to return to their home. Demanding their rights in land acquisition in Greater Noida, the farmers clashed with the police on May 7 this year.

Family members of the farmers are still waiting for them. Despite the appeals of ministers and leaders, the farmers have not come back as yet for the fear of police action is still haunting them.

Roads of both villages, Bhatta and Parsaul wear a deserted look and hustle-bustle of chaupals is conspicuous by its absence.
According to District Magistrate Deepak Agrawal, no action will be taken against innocent farmers and those lodged in jail will also be released soon.

Top leaders like AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, state Agriculture Minister Laxmi Nrayan Singh, Home Guard Minister Vedram Bhaati, MP Surendra Nagar, former SP Minister Narendra Bhaati, social activist Medha Patkar, women commission and human rights commission reached the spot to soothe the agitated families.

Bread winners in jails

Family members are waiting for their members to return from jail. 90-year-old Alimuddin’s five family members are in jail, who are the sole bread winners for the family. There is no money to run the house.

One Revati Sharma said that her family had nothing to do with the incident and neither her land was acquired. Still, eight people from her family are in jail. Another farmer Kuldeep said the only earning member in his family is his father who is in jail since the incident took place.

Waiting for solution

After the police clashed with farmers in Bhatta-Parsaul, the Centre announced relief of Rs 10, 000 to Rs 50, 00 for the injured persons and the Uttar Pradesh government too announced Rs 5 lakh each to families of the deceased. But, the farmers are not satisfied with this.

According to Vedpal and Ranveer, unless their main demand (land compensation) is fulfilled, the relief packages will be of no use for them.

Issue to be addressed in Lok Sabha

RLD MP Jayant Chaudhary on Monday visited Bhatta-Parsaul and met farmers.
He said if the UP government fails to address the demands of farmers, the party will raise the issue in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. He also voiced for judicial probe in the police atrocities against the farmers.

JPN/Bureau