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Guj: Farmers opposing GPCL possession of land clash with cops

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

A clash broke out today between police and farmers in Gujarat's district when the agriculturists resisted the Power Corporation Limited's (GPCL) bid to take possession of their land for a proposed lignite plant.

The incident occurred near Surka village when a group of farmers hailing from around 12-affected villages was marching towards the GPCL site, police said.

Superintendent of Police P L Mal said the farmers hurled stones at the police personnel who resorted to baton-charge and fired 52 tear-to quell the protesters.

The GPCL had recently started the process to take possession of land from farmers which it had acquired for the proposed plant around 20 years back, he said.

"Police lobbed 52 tear-and baton charged farmers after they threw stones at the policemen deployed at the GPCL site.

"We have rounded up five persons and are in the process of registering an FIR against them on rioting charge," the SP said.

The GPCL had acquired over 3,000 acres of land from around 1,200 farmers of 12 villages in Ghogha taluka in the district for setting up a lignite plant around 20 years ago.

However, the land remained in the possession of farmers, as the GPCL failed to build the plant in the area. The company recently initiated the process to take back the land which has been cultivated by farmers.

Farmers, who have been protesting against the GPCL move since the last two months, alleged the police personnel attacked them without any provocation.

They alleged that police did not even spare women and children who were part of the march.

"We were protesting peacefully at the site when we were savagely attacked by police who lobbed several tear Several women and children were also injured in the incident," said Narendrasinh Gohil, a member of the Khedut Samaj, a farmers' body that had organised the march.

"We are protesting against the forceful eviction of farmers by the GPCL and the They are trying to take possession of our land despite the land acquisition having lapsed in pursuance to the new Land Acquisition Act, 2013, which requires the company to initiate the acquisition process afresh," he claimed.

The farmers had recently written to president and prime minister seeking permission for ending their lives, saying they will be left with no source of livelihood if their lands are taken away.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 21:15 IST
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