Agra/Greater Noida: An agitation over acquisition of land spread to Agra on Sunday, with farmers clashing with police and setting ablaze vehicles, even as the toll rose to four in violence-hit Greater Noida, where police announced a 50,000 reward for a farmers’ leader’s arrest for “inciting" protests

Fresh trouble: Police personnel stand guard near the site of a protest in Agra on Sunday. Photo PTI

“Four policemen were injured when farmers turned violent during a protest and indulged in arson" in Chaugaan village in Aitmadpur, Agra, special director general of police (law and order) Brij Lal said in Lucknow.

He said irate villagers torched several vehicles and tents at a construction site, demanding higher compensation for the land acquired for the Yamuna Expressway.

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The villagers allegedly opened fire, following which the police used force to disperse the agitating mob, Agra deputy inspector general Aseem Arun told reporters.

Singh said searches were carried out in Bhatta Parsaul and Achchepur villages in Delhi’s suburb Gautam Buddh Nagar, which was hit by violence on Saturday, and some people have been held. He did not give any specific number.

“Situation in Bhatta Parsaul is under control. Heavy police force is camping in the area and some fresh arrests have been carried out," Brij Lal said.

Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the criminal procedure code have been issued in the district. The area around the village has been sealed off by the Provincial Armed Constabulary and the dharna site made out of bounds.

A protester, identified as Kalu, injured in Saturday’s clashes between the police and farmers in Gautam Buddh Nagar died, taking the toll to four in the violence, the police said.

Two policemen—Manvir Singh and Manohar Singh—and a farmer, Rajveer, were killed on Saturday in clashes that erupted after the police swooped on the village to rescue three state roadways employees held hostage by the farmers since Friday.

The Uttar Pradesh police announced a reward of 50,000 for arrest of Manvir Singh Tevatia, who has been leading the farmers’ agitation at Bhatta Parsaul since 17 January.

“Tevatia, along with around 50 men, has been instigating innocent farmers. Ninety-nine per cent farmers are satisfied with the new rehabilitation policy of the state," said Brij Lal, who visited the village on Saturday night, said.

District magistrate Deepak Aggarwal, who suffered a bullet wound in his leg, and senior superintendent of police S.N. Singh, who was also injured along with scores of others, are recuperating. Their condition was stable, officials said.

The police action drew condemnation from the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal, the Janata Dal (United), the Samajwadi Party and the Congress, whose leaders slammed the Mayawati government in the state for the situation

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