NOIDA, Feb. 25 -- Residents of Sarfabad village stopped the Noida authority's anti-encroachment drive team from demolishing shops there on Wednesday

Officials part of the team said the farmers claimed ownership of the land following which they decided to postpone the demolition drive.

The team comprising land department officials had gone to the village located on the main road that links Noida with Greater Noida West at around 11am with two earthmovers and around 50 constables. They had intended to recover around 340 square metres of encroachment.

"We had freed around 50 square metres when farmers arrived showing some papers that claimed the land was theirs. We decided to postpone the drive so that we can re-verify the documents and the...