Greater Noida: In an effort to muster support and finalise their strategies, the farmers of Yamuna Expressway from 16 villages attended a Mahapanchayat in Navada village on Tuesday under the aegis of Bharatiya Kishan Union (BKU). The farmers have set a deadline of August 30, and if their demands were not met within the stipulated time span they have threatened for a large scale protest.

The farmers sought remunerative price for their land rather than protesting against land acquisition. The farmers raised their voice against the atrocities of the Authority and said, “The authority is grabbing our lands. We are not against development but want proper compensation and other benefits in exchange. We are shown the door when we approach the authority officials.”

In the Mahapanchayat headed by Raghuvar Pradhan, the farmers demanded benefits of new rehabilitation scheme 2001 to be extended to the farmers of Noida and Greater Noida as well. They alleged the Authority of being partial and not making efforts to solve their grievances. They also demanded immediate withdrawal of cases filed against the farmers.

They warned that if their demands were not met before August 30, they will launch a massive movement for which the strategy will be prepared in a Panchayat to be held on August 25 at Amarpur village.

(JPN/Bureau)