NHRC team visits clash-hit Greater Noida villages

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New Delhi: A seven-member team from the National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday visited Bhatta-Parsaul villages in Greater Noida to probe complaints of police atrocities following a farmers` protest early this month.

The team from the investigation division of NHRC, led by a Senior Superintendent of Police and comprising two deputy SP and four inspector-rank officers, went to the affected areas, according to the rights panel.

"Pained" over violence over land acquisition and complaints of police atrocities in Greater Noida, the NHRC had on May 12 said it will send an investigation team there.

The rights body had said it has received complaints about police trespassing into villagers` houses, outraging women`s dignity and mercilessly lathicharging farmers demanding more compensation for their land acquired for a road project.

"The NHRC is pained to see complaints and media reports alleging large-scale violence in village Bhatta and other nearby areas in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh leading to loss of life and injuries to several persons, including the officers on the state government`s duty," it had said.

Four persons, including two policemen, were killed in farmers-police clashes and firing in Bhatta-Parsaul villages on on May 7. Following the incident, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited the area and alleged that people were burnt alive and women raped there while National Women`s Commission also claimed to have received complaints from villagers about molestation of women by police and demanded a CBI probe.

The Uttar Pradesh government has dismissed these allegations.

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