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UP govt to withdraw 2011 case against anti-land acquisition protesters: BJP MLA

“During the protest, I was in the Congress and fighting for farmers. After winning the 2017 Assembly elections on a BJP ticket, I requested the chief minister to help the farmers booked in the case,” BJP MLA Dhirendra Singh added.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: December 28, 2020 12:52:17 am
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The state government has decided to withdraw a case lodged during an anti-land acquisition protest organised in 2011 by the residents of Bhatta Parsaul village in Gautam Budh Nagar (Noida) district, a state legislator said on Sunday.

The Mayawati government had lodged the case against unidentified people at Dankaur police station in Gautam Budh Nagar for allegedly kidnapping two government officials, and assaulting and abusing a policeman.

The Yogi Adityanath government ordered the withdrawal of the case last week but the prosecuting officer has yet to move an application on the matter. BJP MLA Dhirendra Singh, who represents the district’s Jewar seat in the Assembly, claimed that the government decided to withdraw the case following his efforts.

“During the protest, I was in the Congress and fighting for farmers. After winning the 2017 Assembly elections on a BJP ticket, I requested the chief minister to help the farmers booked in the case,” Singh added.

According to Dankaur police station records, the case dates back to February 18, 2011, when the protests in Dankaur town turned violent and the demonstrators assaulted a Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) official. The accused were also booked for forcibly detaining two government officials.

On a complaint by then sub-divisional magistrate Vishal Singh, the case was filed against “unidentified miscreants” under various IPC sections, including 147 (rioting), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder). During the investigation, the police came to know about the involvement of five people in the incident.

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