Strange.. no one spotted the following news ... and don't say that the cheques were distributed at GUN POINT.


NOIDA: Exactly a month after violent clashes between policemen and villagers left two farmers dead in the twin villages of Bhatta-Parsaul in Greater Noida on May 7, the Mayawati government on Tuesday sent a team to hand over compensations amounts to the families of the dead and injured.

A team of officials led by district magistrate Deepak Aggarwal went to Bhatta-Parsaul and handed over the cheques to the villagers. A compensation of Rs 5 lakh each was paid to the next of kin of the two farmers who lost their lives in the clashes. A sum of Rs 2 lakh was paid to those with major injuries while Rs 1 lakh was paid to those with minor injuries. The villagers who had sustained simple injuries in the clashes received Rs 25,000 each.

"We handed out a total of 118 cheques, including compensation for those whose properties were damaged in the violence," said DM Deepak Aggarwal.

The team was accompanied by ministers in the Uttar Pradesh government Thakur Jaiveer Singh and Laxmi Narain Chaudhury. Member of Parliament from the Gautam Buddh Nagar Lok Sabha constituency Surendra Singh Nagar also accompanied the team to Bhatta Parsaul.

Meanwhile, the SDM (land acquisition) Surendra Ram has once again invited depositions related to the clashes between police and villagers. Since there had not been a single deposition on the last two designated dates, the SDM has notified a fresh date on June 17 for hearings into the case at the district collectorate in Surajpur.

On May 7, the villages of Bhatta and Parsaul hit the headlines when four people, including two policemen, were killed in clashes with the police while agitating for higher compensation for their lands acquired by the Uttar Pradesh government for developmental projects.

Most men from the villages had fled following the violence fearing a police crackdown. The 23 men arrested from the villages following the violence are still lodged in Dasna jail in Ghaziabad.
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