Jaipur: Farmers 'bury' themselves to draw attention towards their plight

Jaipur: Farmers 'bury' themselves to draw attention towards their plight”

Around 22 farmers partially buried themselves in neck-deep in sand pits at Ninder village on the outskirts of Jaipur since Monday.

Besides these 50 farmers, as many as 400 farmers are sitting on the ground near the pits in support of farmers who launched the "zameen samadhi satyagraha" on October 2. The farmers who have entered the pits include men, women across all age groups.

For the first time in the state, farmers on Gandhi Jayanti took "zameen samadhi satyagraha" for indefinite period where their bodies (with only the heads sticking out) remained buried under the earth. "The JDA has asked for a day's time to discuss the issue before taking a decision", Nagendra Singh, president of the Ninder Bachao Kisan Yuva Samiti, told Hindustan Times. Over 50 farmers in Jaipur buried themselves neck-deep in mud on Wednesday, demanding decent compensation for the land forcibly taken away from them for housing project. "It's clearly mentioned, that government can not acquire land, if consent from 80% farmers is not given", added a protester.

The government had started acquiring the land of these farmers of the Nindar village, located around 20 km from Jaipur, for a housing project in 2010.

While the government has deposited Rs 60 crore in the court as compensation, the farmers have not accepted any money so fa, saying that the compensation offered by the government is according to rates fixed seven years ago. However, talks held between farmer leaders and Urban Development and Housing Minister Shrichand Kriplani remained inconclusive. "We want our land back", Shanti Devi a protestor told DH. The relay protest is continuing day and night, Singh said.

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