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    Noida farmers' stir: hostages released, 3 dead

    Greater Noida: Two Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel and a villager have been killed in the violent clash between farmers of Bhatta Parsaul village and the police. Deepak Aggarwal, Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate was injured in the clash.

    The incident took place after the villagers took hostage an Uttar Pradesh Roadways bus driver and two others during a protest against the state government's land acquisition policies.

    Armed with sticks, the farmers indulged in heavy stone throwing when police tried to rescue the hostage. Police then used teargas shells to disperse the farmers in a bid to rescue the hostages and had to resort to firing in the air to control the situation. The police, however, managed to free all three hostages safely, said Uttar Pradesh DGP Karamveer Singh.

    The farmers had retaliated by firing back on the police force killing two PAC personnel and injuring Aggarwal. He was taken to a hospital where his condition is stated to be stable.

    Aggarwal is an Uttar Pradesh cadre, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 2000 batch.

    The farmers have been agitating since January 17 for better compensation for their land acquired by Uttar Pradesh Government.

    The Uttar Pradesh government is acquiring this land for the Yamuna Express Highway authority. The current acquisition rate is Rs 880 per square meter. The farmers are demanding Rs 3000 per square meter and multiple alternative plots.

    With additional information from PTI