The agitation by farmers affected by Bhama Askhed dam project took a violent turn on Thursday as Shiv Sena workers resorted to vandalism and stone-pelting at the project site. The project, if completed, will supply water to Pune city.
A large number of Shiv Sena workers led by local MLA Suresh Gore pelted stones at the earthmovers being used to lay the pipeline. The work was being carried out under the watchful eyes of the police.
As per the initial reports, glasses of at least five earthmovers were broken. The labourers and supervising staff of the contractor were also allegedly beaten up by the protesters. A police complaint has been registered at Chakan police station.
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According to police sources, at least 150 Shiv Sena workers gathered at Karanjvihir area and threatened to stop the work. As the agitation turned violent, additional police force was called in and the situation was brought under control, added sources.
Since the work on the project has started, the affected farmers have been demanding fair compensation and rehabilitation. Even as the cases of farmers are yet to be settled, there is a growing demand that the dam water also be supplied to areas like Alandi, Rase and Chakan and not just Pune city, as proposed.