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Rahul Gandhi meets Greater Noida villagers

May 11, 2011 10:06 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited the Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida where four people, including two policemen, were killed in protests last week.

The village has been the epicentre of protests by farmers demanding higher compensation from the Mayawati government for land acquired for the Yamuna Expressway project.

Catching the administration off guard, Gandhi reached the village at 6 am and visited the houses of villagers.

In the wake of the ongoing agitation over land acquisition, farmers held a panchayat under the leadership of Jitender Nagar in Mahrauli village of Ghaziabad district on Tuesday and refused to part with their land.

The farmers went on a door-to-door campaign to mobilise support and asked villagers to press the government to give them back their acquired land.

The Congress is seen raising the stakes in the farmers versus Mayawati government battle in Uttar Pradesh.

The Amethi MP had last year visited Tappal Village in Aligarh district where the farmers had launched a protest demanding higher compensation for the land acquired by the Mayawati government for the Yamuna expressway project.

(With additional information from PTI)