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Water Pipeline or Pawar[ty] Trap?

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 10th August 2011

Yesterday firing by police in Maval, Pune killed 4 farmers on the spot while leaving more than 30 injured.

Proposed two closed water pipelines from Pravara Dam to Pimpri-Chinchwad water pumping station is the cause of riot on Mumbai-Pune expressway on 09 August 2011. The protesters were against the land grab in the name of expansion of Pavana dam, Expressway and Hinjewadi IT city. Since its open secret what govt did in Krishna Khore project. They handed over the Krishna Khore land to Lavasa Lake city at very higher costs, which they had acquired at peanuts.

Maval Firing

Protesters gathered on expressway and denied to disperse upon order by police. Seeing unresponsiveness of protesters police fired in air and ultimately provoked angry protesters.

As per the spokesperson of protesters

“This project would deprive farmers of their land and hit the water availability in the region”.

Home Minister & Police said in justification,

Home Minister Patil claimed that when the farmers did not heed warning and were attacking police personnel is when the police had to resort to firing to save their lives and their colleagues.

“If we had not fired then at least two to three officers and three personnel would have been killed by the mob,” said Karnik, SP.  He added, “Some of our officers were trapped in the vehicle, which was being stoned, Similarly, another three policemen were trapped in a jeep that was set on fire, there were other officers who were being stoned and beaten up by the protestors which is when some of the officers fired at the protestors.”

According to Mr Patil there was no way of dialogue.

But as per information this protest is since 2008 and isn’t a knee jerk reaction. What were Patil and his government doing all these days? Why they did not pay the heed to request by protesters all this while? Is Patil unaware that farmers have been protesting since the foundation stone laying ceremony by his party-man Ajit Pawar, Dy CM, in 2008?

As expected there was uproar in Maharashtra Vidhansabha, Bharatiy Loksabha & Rajyasabha.

But few questions come to my mind are:

  • Does police only has to listen what politicians or ministers say?
  • Cant police use conscience in such situation?
  • Why there cant be a speedy grievance redressal system?

I dont agree that farmers did not listen to SP. Rather SP must have tried to push the agenda of his masters. PCMC municipal elections are on way in 2012 and Ajit Pawar wants to use this as an achievement to retain power.

Jai Bharat!

Long live farmers, long live nation!

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