The NCHRO,Delhi unequivocally condemns the brutal and undemocratic police action against farmers and local protesting people of Bhatta Parasul Villagein Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh which leads to the death of three persons, a farmer and two police men.According to activists on ground and local media reporters and other reliable sources; farmers, after loosing their lands because of forceful accusation by Uttar Pradesh Government, have been sitting on a peaceful dharna in the village since January 17, 2011 and were asking many times a better compensation for their land acquired for development projects in Noida and Yumana Express way projects. Uttar Pradesh government, in accordance with the neo liberal policy of the Indian government completely ignored the farmers’ plea and acted like a totalitarian regime while giving the benefits to the big corporate giants.
This brutality too is not for the first time. As in August 2008, UP police killed four farmers and as many as 66 farmers went missing in Ghori Bachhera village of Greater Noida and many of them are untraced till now. In May 2010 and February 2011, there were wide spread police brutality against the protesting farmers.
This latest brutality on the protesting farmers of Uttar Pradesh by the State, carefully hidden in the guise of neo liberal exploitative development model, call for a strong protest from all the democratic and progressive sections of the society to compel the state from putting an immediate stop to this police repression and exclusionary developmental model. The perpetrators of this police brutality and gross mishandling of situation must be brought to book so that justice can be done to the exploited farmers and local people. NCHRO also voices against this corporate benefitting development model and once again implore upon the government to get back into the commitments made into the Indian constitution for protecting the rights of its citizen.
NCHRO Delhi Chapter President. Mr. Himadri Shekhar Mistry