Agra: If you are about to en-route the Yamuna Expressway for a safer and faster commute, then change your way and plans as you won't be able to reach Delhi from Agra and vice versa due to agitated farmers' protest on the newly built route.
Furious farmers, whose lands have been acquired for a township are out in strength and ready to block the Expressway.
The Yamuna Expressway stretch near Kuberpur in Agra turned into a battle zone, with Police and groups of farmers exchanging blows. Stones were pelted in the melee, and rubber bullet shots were fired.
The drama continued till late evening, until those arrested were released. Authorities promised protesting farmers that their case would be pleaded at a higher level.
Manoj Sharma, convener of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, told on Thursday: "The Jaypee group has promoted a township called Wish Town on farmland. The farmers have no desire to sell their land."
He said the Allahabad High Court had granted a stay and asked the Uttar Pradesh government to reply to notices.
"But the promoters on Wednesday began the sale of plots, enraging the farmers," said Sharma.
Groups of farmers turned up on the Expressway and sat on dharna. This led to suspension of traffic.
Vehicles were either sent back or told to take a diversion to reach Agra. Police used lathis and rubber bullets to disperse the mobs. Many of the protesters were arrested.
Samajwadi Party leader Ram Shakl Gujjar assured the farmers that their case would be strongly pleaded in Lucknow and a solution would be worked out.
Traffic on the Yamuna Expressway was suspended for more than three hours.
The protestors said they were beaten up and accused police of working at the behest of Wish Town promoters.
Hundreds of farmers with their tractors moved towards the Expressway Wednesday evening after learning of police firing and the arrest of their leaders.