Aligarh: Taking a serious note of the grievances of the farmers of Tappal, who were asking compensations equal to that of the Noida farmers, the Prime Minister Office (PMO) has decided to intervene into the matter and asked the Uttar Pradesh government to submit its report.

President of Shri Balaji Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Lok Sangharsh Union, Keshav Singh, who sought the compensations for the relatives of farmers who were killed in the violent clashes in Tappal in 2010, had sent a memorandum to the PMO.

UP Chief Minister Office’s Deputy Secretary Sunil Kumar Pandey said, “As per PMO’s directions, UP administration has asked Yamuna Expressway Authority Deputy Collector S P Singh to submit a report in the matter.”

Taking the advantage of the situation, various national and regional political parties also tried to gain the support of people. Following which a judicial commission had to be set up sans Commissioner-DIG and DM-SSP.

In order to ease the situation, the government not only announced to take back charges against the farmers but also assured rehabilitation and resettlement plan for the affected farmers.

Amid demands of the farmers of Tappal to increase the land compensation and bring it at par with that of the land price in Noida, there was a clash between the farmers and the police on August 14 and 15, 2010. The farmers were even opposing to the acquisition of their land at low rates by the UP Government for construction of Yamuna Expressway. Farmer leader Ram Babu Kataulia, who was demonstrating in Zikarpur was forcibly arrested by the police.

(JPN/Bureau)