Farmers protesting land acquisition block highway in Gurugram

A group of farmers protesting the acquisition of 1,810 acres of land in the Manesar region of Haryana blocked the Delhi-Jaipur highway for two hours on Saturday, alleging government indifference to of their claims.

Farmers have been protesting for more than 50 days demanding that the government either stop land acquisition or pay them compensation at the current market rate.

Notices of acquisition of 1,810 acres of land in the villages of Kasan, Khoh, Kukdaula and Sahrawan by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) were published in 2010 and the award of compensation is expected to be announced August 16.

Gurnam Singh Chaduni of the Bharatiya Kisan Union joined the protest.

Protesters carrying national flags blocked the busy Pashgaon Chowk highway here around 10 a.m.

Police have arrested about 80 farmers including Chaduni in a bid to reopen the road.

The demonstrators, brought to the Manesar police station in two buses, were released in the evening. Police have not confirmed whether a complaint has been filed against the protesters.

Later, a meeting between the district administration and the villagers was held in a cordial atmosphere at the Manesar tehsil office.

The villagers demanded a meeting with the chief minister about this. They also demanded that the date for awarding the compensation be further postponed.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Vishram Kumar Meena, who interacted with the villagers on behalf of the administration, assured the villagers to bring their demands to the higher authority.

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