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Old August 12th, 2011, 10:15 PM
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On Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Pune Rural Police shoot dead protesters who were running away

Pune rural police shoot at protesting farmers who were running away and kill three of them.

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Asseem Shaikh & Mihir Tanksale, TNN | Aug 13, 2011

PUNE/MUMBAI: Three days after the police opened fire on protesting farmers on the Mumba-Pune expressway, killing three people including a woman, a senior police officer admitted that they were shot at close range.

Special inspector general of police Tukaram Chavan (Kolhapur range) on Friday told TOI that the two police officers from Pune (rural) were suspended because they chased the farmers and opened fire on the farmers twice, that too from a close range.

State home minister R R Patil under pressure for soft peddling on the incident suspended police inspector Ashok Patil and sub-inspector Ganesh Mane for opening fire on the protestors. Sources told TOI that as per the Bombay Police Manual in the case of riots, where firing becomes essential, the police officers are expected to fire on the legs and not on the upper body. "The victims have sustained bullet injures on chest, neck and stomach and this is a clear case of violation of the set rules," a senior officer told TOI.

Chavan who had identified the two officers and had sent a report to the state government for further action said "I had sent the report after watching the video clippings of the firing and after carrying out internal investigations."

Chavan's admission happened on a day when the state government was attacked by the opposition for its delayed action against the policemen. On Thursday the government had suspended four constables but for arson and not for killing the farmers. In the assembly the opposition armed with video CD and photographs said that one of the farmers Moreshwar Sathe was arrested and made to sit in the police van. He was then shot at point blank range, MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar said. The opposition also met state governor K Sankaranarayanan demanding the government's dismissal. In Delhi union home minister P Chidambaram told the media that one cannot reach any conclusion by watching few seconds of footage.

Meanwhile, police arrested three more farmers on charges of attempted murder and rioting. Five farmers were arrested on Thursday. A local court in Pune sent the farmers to Yerwada jail for 15 days. Though the situation in Maval villages was under control on Friday, two platoons of the state reserve police force have been stationed at the Vadgaon Maval police station and Pavna police chowkey.

Meanwhile on Friday issued a notice to the Pune police commissioner asking him to file a report within four weeks on the police firing.

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An earlier report with more details. It looks like Chavan ji and Chidambaram ji are downplaying the police brutality as much as they can.

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Mihir Tanksale, TNN | Aug 12, 2011

PUNE: Far from taking exemplary action against the policemen who fired at protesting farmers killing four of them, the Pune rural police on Thursday turned the tables and arrested five farmers for attacking the police and damaging their property. They were also charged with criminal conspiracy. Worse, the two officers who were seen firing at farmers running away from the police in television clippings are now facing a routine government inquiry.

"I have only sent their names (the cops who fired) to the government. The government will decide whether the firing resorted to by the officers was as per the rules or against the rules," said IGP Tukaram Chavan, who refused to give the names of the two officers to the media. He emphasized that the two officers who chased the mob and fired with their service revolvers were not suspended.

To possibly shield themselves from the accusation that they have not acted against their own, six constables were suspended for damaging vehicles of protesting farmers. The action came after opposition parties demanded suspension of the cops who fired at the farmers.

Superintendent of police, Pune (Rural), Sandeep Karnik denied his officers had fired at the protesters from close range.

Machindra Tile, brother-in-law of Moreshwar Sathe who was killed in the firing, had on Wednesday alleged that Sathe was dragged from the crowd and then shot at point blank range. The farmers were protesting during Maval bandh on Tuesday. The cops said they were forced to fire as the protesters had turned violent and had attacked the officers. "An inquiry has been ordered. If we are wrong, we will be punished," Karnik said.

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Photographic evidence of the incident in Pune shows that cops fired on people as they were running away. This amounts to cold-blooded murder. The logical follow-up action should have been suspension of the police officials involved and filing of murder charges against them. It is shocking that, far from pursuing this course, the Maharashtra government has chosen to book the farmers. This smacks of miscarriage of justice, and cries out for judicial intervention.

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Re: On Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Pune Rural Police shoot dead protesters who were running away

the 'running away' farmers were pelting stones while running away and b4 .

police should have used other means like maybe throw the stones back at the farmers.
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the 'running away' farmers were pelting stones while running away and b4 .

police should have used other means like maybe throw the stones back at the farmers.
This London cop is better-trained and better-equipped to deal with stone-pelters. He won't shoot them, and never will he shoot at protesters who are running away:

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Re: On Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Pune Rural Police shoot dead protesters who were running away

Babalog this is India and most of the things happening here are politically motivated to divert attention from some other issue the govt is facing.After all such things are common in congress ruled states
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Babalog this is India and most of the things happening here are politically motivated to divert attention from some other issue the govt is facing.After all such things are common in congress ruled states
How come you did not mention Sonia or Rahul?
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How come you did not mention Sonia or Rahul?
I do remember Rahul ji making a lot of bhashan about farmers in UP recently. Perhaps he can extend the same courtesy now to farmers of Maharashtra? But forget about Rahul ji and Sonia ji for a moment.

This is the usual problem of land acquisition, common to every major infrastructure project in India. Land acquisition problems is one of the main reasons for the inability of state govts and GoI to execute major infrastructure projects. Historically, compensation given for land acquired has been inadequate and often downright paltry. Remember the Tata Nano project problems at Nandigram in West Bengal, or more recently, the protesting UP farmers?

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Pune firing: Past injustice pummelled farmers into action

Published: Friday, Aug 12, 2011, 18:23 IST
By Partha Sarathi Biswas & Shubhangi Khapre | Place: Pune, Mumbai | Agency: DNA

It was the sword of inadequate compensation in the past that forced thousands of farmers to hit the Mumbai-Pune expressway on Tuesday to oppose the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s (PCMC) ambitious Rs500-crore closed water pipeline project.

These villagers of Maval taluka had to give away large tracts of land to the state government in 1972 for the Pavana dam project. Farmers allege that adequate compensation was not paid to them then.

It was this fear of being “cheated” that led many — including the families of Kantabai Ankush Thakar (45) of Yelse village, Moreshwar Sopan Sathe (40) of Shivane and Shayamrao Wagu Tupe (29) of Shivane-Sadawali, the three killed in police firing on Tuesday — to respond to the bandh called by the the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena (SS) and the Republican Party of India (RPI).

The Tupe family had to surrender 10 acres to the Pavana dam project, leave their village in Tikone and settle in Sadawali. Ramdas Tupe, the brother of the deceased, said the government has not paid them any compensation.

“We have only 1.5 acres to cultivate and feed ourselves. The proposed pipeline would take away substantial portion of this land too and deprive us of water. We were left with no option but to join the protest,” he said.

Tupe said the proposed pipeline would pass through 16 villages and more than 1,000 project affected persons (PAP) will suffer. “Most of them are worried about history repeating itself,” he said.
Kalu Raut of Rautwadi said that the proposed pipeline is passing through 27 gunthas of land in his village. “We gave 1.5 acres to the Pavana dam project and have not got a single penny in return,” he said.

Raut had received a bullet wound on his right arm and is undergoing treatment at the Dr Bhausaheb Sardesai Talegaon rural hospital.

Former BJP MLA from Maval, Rooplekha Dhore, said the villagers have been plagued by successive waves of land acquisition. They had to give up their land for Mumbai-Pune expressway and various industrial hub projects in Urse and Talegaon in the past.

“The compensation given by the government is often too paltry. In the case of the closed pipeline project, the villagers are set to lose their only source of water. That is why the protest was so spontaneous,” she said.

Thirty-five years ago, the state government had promised to allocate 1 acre of land to each of the 860 farmers who were displaced because of land acquisition for Pavana dam. All that was required for the government was to identity 860 acres of land in the adjoining villages to rehabilitate the farmers who had surrendered their agricultural land for the dam.

The government claims that in the early 1970s, when the process of land acquisition was underway, there was no comprehensive policy making it mandatory to suitably rehabilitate displaced farmers. A senior cabinet minister said, “In this case, we have to forgo the rules to allocate 860 acres. When the project was underway, there was no rehabilitation act in existence.”

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat are now going to convene a meeting to discuss how to fulfill a promise made three decades ago.

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How come Tata Nano was successfully set up in Gujarat and not Nandigram if it meant land acquisition at both places?
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How come Tata Nano was successfully set up in Gujarat and not Nandigram if it meant land acquisition at both places?
Only someone familiar with the details of the land acquisition in this case will be able to shed light ... but I think it takes tremendous political will, political skills and negotiating savvy to acquire land for projects of the size of Tata Nano. It could also be the case that ... guessing here ... adequate compensation was offered and may be jobs for displaced persons? If the displaced people feel that they are getting a fair deal, naturally they won't cause any ruckus.

Generally speaking ... most of the major projects in India that require land acquisition run into problems. Like the protests in Pune here. These protests are the norm. The Tata Nano project in Gujarat is an exception to the rule.
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