Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Friday issued notices to the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government directing them to reply within four week on a petition seeking a CBI inquiry into the incidents of violence during farmers' agitation in Bhatta Parsaul village at Greater Noida earlier this month.

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The court has fixed July 11 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

The order was passed by a division bench comprising justices Vineet Saran and Vikram Nath on a petition filed by Atul Sharma, a social worker and resident of Surajpur village of Gautam Buddh Nagar, situated close to Bhatta Parsaul.

The petitioner had demanded a CBI inquiry into the May 7 incident and its aftermath. On May 7, violence broke out when a team of officials led by DM Deepak Agarwal visited the village to free some officials of the state roadways transport corporation who were allegedly held hostage for three days by irate villagers whose land had been acquired by the Mayawati government for the Yamuna Expressway project.

Two Provincial Armed Constabulary jawans and as many farmers were killed in the violence, while several others including the DM were seriously injured.

The incident had sent the political temperature in the state soaring, with AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh staging separate dharnas condemning the state government's "high-handedness" and getting arrested.

GNA to move SC

The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority is planning to move the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court order that had set aside acquisition of land in Gautam Buddh Nagar district.

The authority has already held talks with farmers to resolve the land dispute in Shahberi village in the district which saw violent clashes between farmers and the police,
killing four people.

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday set aside notifications issued for acquisition of more than 100 hectares of land in Gautam Buddh Nagar district for 'planned industrial development in Greater Noida.

Chief Executive Officer Rama Raman said, "Negotiations are being conducted with farmers to acquire the land afresh through agreement."

(Agencies)