A day after clashes between farmers and security personnel left 18 persons, including five policemen, were injured in Mathura, the police Sunday booked 500 people and arrested 10 of them.
“An FIR against 500 people including 82 named has been filed. Ten persons have been arrested. The five policemen injured on Saturday are recovering,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Ajai Pal Sharma said.
Later in the day a BJP delegation demanded an unconditional release of the arrested persons, some of them it claimed were party youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists. It also said it will constitute a ‘Sangharsh Samiti’ to lead the agitation in support of the farmers’ demand of compensation for their land which got submerged when water was released from Gokul barrage in 1998.
“The arrested farmers and activists of BJYM should be released unconditionally and cases against them should be withdrawn. The farmers should be paid compensation four times the present circle rates,” BJP state spokesperson Chandra Mohan told reporters at Damodarpura village.
Earlier, in a meeting held in the village, state president of BJP Kisan Morcha, Vijai Pal Singh Tomar, demanded action against the officials responsible for using force. “Judicial probe should be ordered,” he said.
Meanwhile, BJYM workers led by vice-presidents Rahul Mishra and Saket Singh burned an effigy of the state government outside the Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow and demanded withdrawal of cases against the farmers.
At least 18 people including five policemen were injured when hundreds of farmers, protesting against non-payment of compensation for their land inundated due to construction of Gokul barrage, Saturday held a protest during which they clashed with police and torched two buses.
According to police, farmers from seven affected villages adjoining the barrage led by BJP activists blocked Gokul-Mathura road, demanding adequate compensation for their land inundated due to construction of the barrage over Yamuna river.
(With PTI inputs)