Greater Noida: Even eight days after the violent clash between farmers and policemen which accounted for the death of four villagers in Gautam Buddha Nagar, an eerie calm prevailed in Bhatta-Parsaul.

In an effort to win the confidence of villagers, the district authorities have removed the police force deployed at the affected villages before starting any further negotiation with them.

SSP of Gautam Bhudda Nagar, SN Singh said, “Police force which was stationed inside the affected villages have been shifted to village outskirts.” He also informed about three companies of PAC and one company of RAF which have been withdrawn from the villages. In addition, the police force of adjoining districts which were rushed to Greater Noida in the emergency situation, have returned back. 

The situation at Bhatta-Parsaul and other villages is limping back towards normalcy. People, who had fled fearing police action have started trickling back to their villages, however, they have confined themselves to their houses. Four villagers who were injured in the violence have been discharged from the hospital. However, rather than returning to their village, the injured people have preferred moving to a kin’s place.

Several villages adjoining Bhatta- the epicenter of violent clash between the farmers and police on May 7, had been transformed into police fortress. A week after the clash, the situation at Parsaul is under control, but streets of Bhatta still remain tensed.

Bhatta resident, Kanti claimed the villagers are facing acute food crisis after the violence. “We were forced to eat chapatti with salt, as there is nothing else to eat,” said Kanti.

District authorities including SP (Dehat) Muradabad, Dr Arvind, Circle Officer Greater Noida II, Udayveer Singh Khokhar visited Parsaul and initiated dialogues with the villagers.

Both the officers tried to convince the villagers to return back to their normal routine and made efforts to assure them that innocent people will not be harmed. IG Rajnikant assured the villagers of providing his full cooperation to them.

At Achepur village, tension loomed large in the village on the eighth day.Streets wore a deserted look as residents are yet to come out of the horrifying memories.

After the string of VIP visits at Bhatta-Parsaul, political activities have slowly gone down in past few days. Samajwadi Party’s state executive committee member, Deepa Mala along with three-member team visited the village to express their concern over the violence.

JPN/Bureau