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Indian farmers clash with police.

Summary: Politicians have come out in support of farmers after two people were killed and several wounded in the northern India.

Politicians have come out in support of farmers after two people were killed and several wounded in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Police and angry farmers clashed as the agricultural workers protested against the low compensation given to them for their lands, which were taken to build a highway.

An infuriated mob torched three police vehicles, a state bus, several trucks, bulldozers and machinery at a construction site, prompting frightened workers to flee.

Police opened fire after the protesters attacked them with stones and set vehicles on fire in Aligarh city, where the government is building a $2 billion six-lane highway to connect the Taj Mahal city of Agra with national capital New Delhi.

The state government has already acquired 1,500 hectares of land spread over 355 villages, but locals say the compensation they received for their land was half the market price of about $20 per square metre.

Rita Bahuguna Joshi, President of the Uttar Pradesh state's Congress party said: "The provincial government of Uttar Pradesh state is in nexus with the industrialists.

"They are acquiring lands at a price forced on the farmers just to benefit the industrialists, the corporates. The people of the provincial government are also benefiting from it."

This is the latest in a string of violence incidents surrounding government efforts to acquire farmland for industry in India, where two-thirds of the 1.2 billion population is dependent on agriculture.

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Date:Aug 18, 2010
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