Thane farmers protest turns violent, clash with police

Thane farmers' protest: The protests erupted over the Navy walling up an old British-period aerodrome in the area. The 12,600-acre premises which belong to the Navy, had been encroached upon by the locals over the years.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2017 4:25 pm
Maharashtra farmers protest, Farmers, framers protests, Thane Maharashtra violence, Thane-Badlapur highway, Several policemen have been injured. The farmers and their families blocked 10 roads and vandalised vehicles. (Source: ANI photo)

A farmers protest against land acquisition in Thane turned violent on Thursday, with protesters clashing with police and setting their vehicles on fire. At least 12 policemen were injured in the violence. The farmers have been protesting against the government decision to build a wall around the periphery of an old British-era aerodrome. The 12,600-acre area was allegedly encroached by the locals over the years, news channel NDTV reported.

Demanding the MoD to give back their land, farmers from at least 17 villages were holding protests at 10 locations. The protesters also blocked traffic movement on the highway.

According to the police commissioner of Thane, some protesters turned violent and injured the policemen. Some villagers attacked the police team and also the DCP, who then used pellet gun on them. Four villagers were also injured in the incident and are being treated at a hospital.

“The situation is normal now. Both curfew and Section 144 will not be imposed in the area,” the commissioner added.

The MoD, in a statement, said that the land was legally acquired by it and the Navy was constructing the peripheral wall to safeguard the land from encroachment. “The Maharashtra State Govt is fully aware of the subject case and is providing police protection and support from state/ district administration and revenue authorities,” Commander Rahul Sinha, Chief Public Relations Officer of MoD, said in the statement.

The state government had some years back started acquiring land in the area to set up the proposed airport which the farmers have been opposing. However, their protest turned violent today as the farmers started agitating simultaneously at several places near Nevali, located about 50 kms away from adjoining Mumbai.

Policemen also fired plastic bullets at the protesters to disperse them, police said. The protesters blocked the Kalyan-Haji Malang road in the area by throwing burning tyres and wooden blocks on it. They also torched a police van, three trucks, two bikes and a tempo in the area, the official said.

with PTI inputs

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    Kamal Pasha
    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:38 pm
    Under BJP/Feku government there is nothing for poor. India now belong to only rich and Gujratis.
    1. S
      Jun 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm
      1. V
        Jun 22, 2017 at 4:09 pm
        Political parties are playing Mehem farmer protest has become a tool of some parties
        1. S
          Jun 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm
          They have gone nuts vandalising public property. The police should also vandalise their home and let us see how it feels when someone damages their property for no fault of theirs. These are as well politically motivated. The whole stretch has been encroached upon even by the builders. Can we have an action against them as well. We know the answer very well it will be strict no.
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            Prakash Patel
            Jun 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm
            Identify people agitating as farmers in Kalyan who burned bus, check there 7/12 and find out how much agricultural land is owned by him and leaving real, needy farmer should be isolated and others are Tobe penalised under goonda act damage must be recovered from hooligans.
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              Nitin Deolekar
              Jun 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm
              महात्मा?गांधी-नेहरू-आंबेडकर यांचे थोर स-"माज"-वादी विचारमुळेच शेतकऱ्याची आज अशी वाट लागली आहे?? हुशार नरसिंहराव-मनमोहनसिंग यांची खुला अर्थ-व्यवस्थेची तत्वे जर शेती-साठी वापरली तरच भारतीय शेती खरी पुढे जाईल.!! त्यांची शेती सरकारने ताब्यात घेऊन त्यांना जन्मभर पेन्शन द्यावी!! ती शेती सरकारी / सार्वजनिक / कारी कंपन्यांना द्या. IOC , RCF , BPCL याना द्या !! शेती उत्पादन ज दुप्पट होईल !! त्याच कंपन्यात शेतकरी कुटुंबातील एकाला नोकरी द्या !! त्या कंपन्या वीज आणि पाण्याचे पैसे भरतील !! तेही औद्योगिक दराने.!! शेतीचे आधुनिक करण होईल !! शेती मालाला राष्ट्रीय सँम्पत्ती घोषित करा !! त्याचे नुकसान करणारांना सक्त-मजुरी जन्म-ठेप द्या-च !! हिरवे बाजार चे अनुकरण करा !! दुष्काळी मराठवाड्यातली फुक्कटचं पाणी पिणारी आणि मोफत वीज खाणारी ऊस-शेती बंद करा !! १९९१ मधेच हे केले असते तर अन लाखो आत्म-हत्या वाचल्या असत्या? आता तरी करा..हि विनम्र विंनती.. महान??गांधी-नेहरू-आंबेडकर सायबाच्या गंभीर घोड-चुका मान्य करा आणि दुरुस्त करा..(दुसरे उदाहरण: समान नागरी कायदा करा आणि मुस्लिम भगिनींना माणसासारखे कायदे करा..)
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                M Ali
                Jun 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm
                Why the BJP Govts are not doing anything to resolve Farmers problems? Loan waiver in one state and not in others. No sustainable solution or police decision in this matter.
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                  pramod pagar
                  Jun 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm
                  Its illegal encroachment. They are not farmers but people backed by builder lobby to encroach defense and government Land. Which is not at all acceptably.
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                  yash sehgal
                  Jun 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm
                  The first problem is why do the govt authorities keep sleeping for decades n allow land to be encroached upon n then suddenly awaken to allow people agitate n go to courts fo years of litigatio..the second problem is people in the name homeless or farmers think their right to get the encroached land as if it belongs to them..lately its seen that u can do anything in the name of 'poor kisans' or religion.
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