National Commission for Women seeks CBI inquiry into incidents

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will depute its investigation team to Greater Noida, adjoining Delhi, to inquire into the clashes between farmers and the police on the issue of acquisition of farmlands by the Uttar Pradesh government.

The Commission, in a press release here on Thursday, said it was pained to see complaints and media reports alleging large-scale violence in Bhatta-Parsaul villages and nearby areas, leading to loss of life and injuries to several persons, including officials on duty.

In complaints received by the NHRC, allegations were made that the police mercilessly lathicharged the farmers, who were demanding more compensation. Incidents of the agitating farmers throwing stones at officials and of police personnel trespassing into villagers' houses, outraging women's dignity and burning crops were alleged.

There was also an alleged exchange of fire between the police and some agitators, the NHRC statement said.

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women (NCW) sought a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the incidents.

“We demand a CBI inquiry into alleged police action against women during and after the farmer-police clashes,” acting chairperson Yasmeen Abarar said.

Four persons, including two policemen, were killed in the clashes and firing in Bhatta-Parsaul on Saturday.