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Judge offers train as compensation in Indian land grab case

Two farmers could become owners of the popular Delhi-Una Janshatabdi Express in lieu of compensation.
Two farmers could become owners of the popular Delhi-Una Janshatabdi Express in lieu of compensation. Image by Ryan McGilchrist / CC BY-SA 2.0

Two Indian farmers whose land was grabbed for the construction of new rail lines in the state of Uttar Pradesh have been offered a train as compensation by a district court judge. Under the ruling, if the farmers do not receive 3.5 million rupees in compensation from Indian Railways, the state-owned national railway company, they will become owners of the Delhi-Una Janshatabdi Express, a popular commuter train connecting Delhi to towns in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. It is currently unclear whether the national rail carrier will pay the compensation as ordered, or surrender one of their trains. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com