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Updated: May 10, 2011 02:55 IST

Rajnath, Shivpal Singh arrested, freed

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STRINGENT MEASURES: BJP leader Rajnath Singh being escorted after his arrest while on his way to meet the agitating farmers of Bhatta Parsaul in Noida on Monday. The farmers have intensified their agitation against acquisition of land for projects and the meagre compensation the Uttar Pradesh government pays.
PTI STRINGENT MEASURES: BJP leader Rajnath Singh being escorted after his arrest while on his way to meet the agitating farmers of Bhatta Parsaul in Noida on Monday. The farmers have intensified their agitation against acquisition of land for projects and the meagre compensation the Uttar Pradesh government pays.

Situation in violence-hit Bhatta Parsaul under control

The former Bharatiya Janata Party president, Rajnath Singh, and Leader of the Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Shivpal Singh Yadav were arrested when they tried to visit the violence-hit Bhatta Parsaul villages in Greater Noida on Monday.

They were later freed.

The situation in the villages was said to be under control. Separate First Information Reports were filed in Agra and Aligarh districts, where farmers, up against land acquisition, resorted to violence and arson.

Inspector-General of Police (Law and Order) A.P. Maheshwari said here that three FIRs were filed in the Aitmadpur station in Agra against the farmers who indulged in violence.

But reports from Agra said four FIRs were filed in the station: three by the construction company and one by the police.

Mr. Maheshwari said no arrest was made.

In Aligarh district, an FIR was filed against 40 persons, including 15 who were cited as accused in violence and arson at Ghangholi near Tappal. They were demanding better compensation for the land acquired for the Yamuna Expressway project.

Mr. Maheshwari said eight FIRs were filed in the Dankaur station in Noida and 22 persons arrested.

Farmers' leader Manveer Singh Tewati, who has been accused by the Mayawati government of inciting the farmers to violence, continues to evade arrest. The government has announced a reward of Rs. 50,000 for information leading to his arrest and Rs.15,000 for his associates Neeraj Malik, Gaje Singh and Kiranpal.

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