under the banner of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, the farmers’ organization at the forefront of the struggle against land acquisition in Noida Extension.
“The Greater Noida Authority officials held closed-door meetings with a few handpicked villagers of Patwari and then claimed to have arrived at a deal. About 80% of Patwari villagers were not consulted,” KSS spokesperson Dushyant Naager said.
Farmers’ lawyer Parmindera Bhati, who spoke at length in the panchayat, said the authority had “duped” the villagers. “Around 20-25 villagers were made to sign affidavits that they would withdraw writ petitions pending for hearing before the larger bench of the Allahabad High Court,” said Bhati. “They weren’t even provided letters of assurance of all the promises that the authority made.”
“The assent of two-dozen villagers does not mean the affirmation of 1,200 farmers of Patwari,” he added.
More than a dozen villagers from Patwari who spoke to a prominent newspaper said that they do not support the agreement for the simple reason that none of them were consulted. They also claimed that the authority chose to settle disputes with just those people who had issues related to abadi land while ignoring the rest of the villagers.