May 17, 2011 3:33:49 am
Alleging state repression in Bhatta-Parsaul in Uttar Pradesh where farmers had clashed with the police over better compensation for their land,Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Monday said there were 74 (mounds of) ashes there with dead bodies inside and he has the pictures to prove it. Stating that he is very concerned about what is going on in these villages,Rahul said people were killed and women raped in these villages.
The statement came after Rahul had facilitated a meeting of farmers with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Monday evening. They showed the Prime Minister pictures purportedly of burnt bodies,melted and burnt bones and other evidence of police repression against villagers.
Asked about the delay in passing the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill,the Congress general secretary said it was taking time because it was a complex piece of legislation. He,however,expressed confidence that it would be passed in the next session of Parliament.
The issue here is a more fundamental one with regard to these villages in particular and a large number of villages in UP down the Agra highway,where state repression is being used,where people are being murdered…quite severe atrocities are taking place there….There is a set of 74 (mounds of) ashes there with dead bodies inside. Everybody in the village knows it. We can give you pictures. Women have been raped,people have been thrashed. Houses have been destroyed, Rahul told reporters outside Prime Ministers residence.
What I am concerned about is how we are treating our people. Most of the people said they are more than happy to give their land for development. They said if a road is being built,they have no problem…. Most poor people want development in the country and they are ready for the sacrifice. The question is how we treat those poor people. Do we treat them fairly or do we brutalise them? And that is why I brought these people to the PM because after all they are Indian people and we have to look after their interests as well, he said.
The Prime Minister was said to have listened quite patiently to the villagers.
Rahul had visited the villages last week and said he was ashamed of being a Hindustani to see atrocities against farmers. The Congress had later demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident.
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