Farmers move court against UP govt

Greater Noida : Encouraged by the Allahabad High Court's intervention
related to forceful acquisition of agricultural lands, hundreds of
farmers from Patwadi, Bisrakh, Khairpur villages comprising the so
called 'Noida Extension' area and neighbouring ones such as Milak
Lacchi, Jalalpur, Vaidpura and Sadullapur have approached the court to
seek reversal of acquisitions in their areas.

The lands of Patwadi, Bisrakh and Khairpur villages were reportedly
acquired by the Mayawati government in 2009 after revoking Section 5A
of the Land Acquisition Act 1894. Local farmers' leader and lawyer on
land issues, Satya Pal Chaudhary on whose PIL, the HC had passed the
Sahberi order, said, "Apart from the farmers who are approaching the
HC now, the writs of many farmers are in the final stages of disposal
and orders are likely to come within 2- 3 days." The farmers committee
also said it would file an application in the Noida court under
Section 156( 3) of CrPC seeking directions to lodge a criminal case of
murder, attempt to murder, loot, kidnapping, rioting and assaulting
women against the officials responsible for the Bhatta-Parsol
bloodshed.

The SC order had stated that a builder could not pre-launch its
property unless it has paid the complete amount of the land to the
government or is in possession of the registry. In the case of Noida
Extension, the Greater Noida authority has given the land to private
builders in easy installments of 10 years and had sold off the land at
nearly 10 times the cost paid to the farmers, they said.

Farmers are also likely to seek relief from the HC on the basis of a
Supreme Court order passed on March 7 that cancelled the acquisition
of their agricultural lands on emergency pretexts for construction of
a district jail in Shahjahanpur district in UP. HC lawyer and legal
activist Amit Khemka said, "By applying emergency clauses, these
authorities are misusing the provisions of ther act and are making a
mockery of the law.This act is anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-human
rights. The government, instead of providing welfare, has become a
land-holder and property dealer. Public interest has taken a back
seat." Farmers move court against UP govt
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