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BJP protests police firing on farmers in Pune

August 12, 2011 - Mumbai

Terming the August 9 police firing on farmers on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway to be inhumane, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists staged a protest here on Friday and demanded the dismissal of the leaders of the ruling party in the state, who had not taken action on the issue.

"Recently, in Pimpri-Chinchwad, when farmers were protesting over water, they were without any weapons. However, the police opened fire on them. This is inhumane. Three farmers, including a woman, died in the firing. We have requested the governor that the government cannot use weapons to govern," said senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse.

"Is it a crime to protest? Who has given them the right to kill them? The farmers were absolutely innocent and were demonstrating peacefully," he added.

The BJP leaders also met Governor K. Sankaranarayanan at the Raj Bhavan here earlier in the day and discussed the issue.

A raging controversy erupted over the police firing at Maval, near Pune, in which three farmers were killed. A video footage aired on Thursday showed some policemen apparently aiming their guns and shooting at unarmed protesters.

According to reports, two Pune cops have been suspended.

Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil had on Wednesday announced a judicial inquiry by a retired high court judge into the police firing on agitating farmers on the Pune-Mumbai expressway.

The farmers were protesting against the release of water from the Pavana dam for a drinking water project in the industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad.


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