Outside Jaipur, farmers neck-deep in protest against land acquisition

The unique protest was preceded by a 15-day dharna which yielded no results, protestors said.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: October 5, 2017 9:34 am
rajasthan farmers, land acquisition, rajasthan land acquisition, rajasthan news, india news Farmers stage ‘satyagrah’ against aquisition of land by Jaipur Development Authority at Nindar village in Jaipur. (Photo: PTI)

Their meeting with the state government coming a cropper, nearly 50 farmers from Nindar village, on the outskirts of Jaipur, kept themselves buried neck-deep for the third consecutive day on Wednesday to protest against the Jaipur Development Authority’s (JDA) move to acquire their land for a housing project.

Calling it “zameen samadhi satyagraha (land burial satyagraha)”, the farmers have dug holes and buried themselves neck-deep. Women, too, are part of the protest. The farmers said they began this unique form of protest after a 15-day dharna to save their land did not yield result.

After two women, Shanti Devi and Manni Devi, collapsed during the agitation on Tuesday, the authorities called Nagendra Singh, president of Ninder Bachao Kisan Yuva Samiti, which is leading the protest, for talks. Singh’s dialogue with Rajasthan Urban Development and Housing Minister Shrichand Kriplani, on Tuesday evening, however, remained inconclusive.

The land acquisition process was initiated a fortnight ago.

Women farmers, with their bodies buried till neck in pits, stage ‘Satyagrah’ protest against forced aquisition of their land by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) at Nindar Village in Jaipur on Tuesday. (Source: PTI Photo)

The farmers of the village near Sikar road are up against the JDA’s decision to acquire 1,350 bighas of land. “The JDA is after more than 400 bigha land, which the farmers have not given away yet,” Singh said on Wednesday. “We demand a fresh survey of the land. We had a meeting the JDA commissioner today and the talks will resume tomorrow.”

Singh also said that “51 members participated in the relay protest Wednesday, and this will continue until our demand for a fresh survey is met”.

The farmers have dug up over 40 pits and one trench where the protesters stay. The relay protest is continuing day and night, Singh said. Elderly women sit on chairs placed in the trench whereas male members stand or sit in the pits. —With PTI inputs

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  1. T
    Taqiya Sensor
    Oct 5, 2017 at 11:03 am
    Only NGOs (with foreign funds) can come up with such 'unique' form of protests.
    1. J
      Oct 4, 2017 at 8:09 pm
      Where is first hindu samrat
      1. B
        Oct 4, 2017 at 7:43 pm
        modi is the actual pappu. ..haha
        1. D
          Oct 4, 2017 at 6:17 pm
          The Farmers have no reason to get agitated,Land holdings are dwindling and farming is not viable.This was the explaination given by Sudhanshu Trivedi and GVN on need for farm land acquisition.So just take the compensation whatever is offered and move on Bhai.How long will you sit in those Pits.
          1. V
            Oct 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm
            This Modi Government already getting label of innocence people killer, now it is becoming innocence Farmers killer.... Still our poor janta want modi to kill more innonence by giving vote in 2019... Jai Hind
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