Greater Noida: The hostage crisis of Greater Noida took an ugly turn on Saturday  after three persons were killed and District Magistrate and SSP of Gautam Buddha Nagar were injured along with scores of others in fierce clashes between the farmers and the law enforcement agencies.

The violence erupted between farmers and police which tried to rescue three roadways employees held hostage by agitators demanding better compensation for land.

The agitating farmers of Bhatta Parsaul village in Gautam Buddha Nagar district, a Delhi suburb, claimed that a protester was killed in police firing and several others were
missing after the area witnessed pitched battles between villagers and security personnel for several hours.

A large contingent of police, Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and anti-riot personnel along with district officials descended on the village where farmers had on Saturday taken hostage three roadways employees who were conducting a survey of a new bus route.

Armed with sticks, farmers allegedly attacked the personnel and pelted stones. Police lobbed teargas shells to quell the unruly mob and soon there was firing from both sides.

Two jawans of the Provincial armed Constabulary were declared brought dead at Kailash Hospital. Doctors said they had bullet wounds.

District Magistrate Deepak Aggarwal, who went to the village hoping to resolve the hostage crisis through talks, suffered a bullet injury and was rushed to Kailash hospital where he was operated upon, police said.

Officials said the DM's condition was stable.

Besides Aggarwal, other injured include an SSP, two Deputy SPs and a City Magistrate and five PAC men.

The security personnel, however rescued the three employees of the state-run bus service.

Mayawati government under attack

The opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh blamed the Mayawati government for the violence in Greater Noida, alleging that it was indulging in "loot of farmers' land" and that the incident reflected the anarchy that prevailed in the state.

"In the home district of Mayawati, farmers are being shot dead. Farmers' land is being acquired at throw away prices," UPPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

Supporting the agitating farmers, the BJP accused the UP government of suppressing democratic movements in the state.

"Whatever happened... it is an example that the law and order situation has crumbled in Uttar Pradesh. It is anarchy," a BJP spokesperson said.

Favouring a dialogue with the agitating farmers, the party said that due compensation should be given to them.

The farmers have been agitating since January 17 for better compensation for their land acquired by the Uttar Pradesh government.

(Agencies)