Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Farmers, police clash in Greater Noida, curfew imposed

Three persons were killed and 50 others, including 15 cops, injured in police firing and clashes after agitating farmers demanding adequate compensation for their acquired land in Greater Noida turned

Farmers were on protest mode for the past few days demanding enhanced compensation for their land acquired in 2006 by the Uttar Pradesh government and the crowd turned violent on Wednesday afternoon pelting stones at policemen.

Security personnel present at the spot, who tried to control the mob, resorted to baton charge and lobbed teargas shells to rein in the mob, SSP Noida R K Chaturvedi said.

As violence continued, police opened fire. "Three persons were killed and about 50 people were
injured in the incident," Chaturvedi said.

At least 15 police personnel, including Chaturvedi, were injured in the stone pelting, Greater Noida District Magistrate S K Sharma said.

There were unconfirmed reports that there was firing from the protesters' side also.

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