Pehlad Singh, a farmer in this small village in northern India, is fighting a battle - against an amusement park.

Seven centuries ago, Singh's ancestors fought the Moslem Emperor Balban when he tried - and eventually succeeded - to take over their area.Now, Singh and his fellow villagers want to stop roller coasters and lagoons from being built on their ancestral lands.

They say the park, which is popularly called "Disneyland" but has no connection with the real one in California, will destroy their source of livelihood and ruin their culture.

"The government wants to take our land and drive us out," Singh said. "We have warned them that rivers of blood will flow if they touch our land."

The confrontation began early this year when the government of the northern state of Haryana announced plans to build India's first big amusement park on 28,000 acres of land inhabited and farmed by 150,000 people in 28 villages. The government said the park would cost an estimated $555 million.

But the villagers, mostly small farmers and cattle grazers, said the government was trying to uproot them.

"The government is legally right but morally wrong," said Amrit Singh, a village headman. "They say they have no money to spare for village development but have enough for this useless project."

"The amusement park is not a need of the people," said Prem Chowdhry, a historian and Haryana native. "It's an example of development that leaves people out."