Maval firing probe Former rural SP says he had not called for ballistic report of bullets that hit the three farmers.
Former Pune (Rural) SP Sandeep Karniks deposition in the Maval firing case before the one-member judicial inquiry committee of retired Bombay High Court Judge,Justice M G Gaikwad,on Wednesday raised doubts on whether Karnik had ordered the firing on agitating villagers or not.
Karnik had stated in his affidavit to the committee earlier that a warning for the firing,lathicharge and teargas was relayed on wireless,as it is mandatory. However,the wireless logbook does not have any entry about these warnings. There is a question mark on whether he indeed ordered the firing or not, said advocate Vinayak Abhyankar,representing the farmers,who also examined Karnik on Wednesday.
Karnik,when confronted with the question whether he had not ordered the firing,said,It is not true to say that I had not ordered the firing.
The deposition revealed that prohibitory orders issued against some persons under Section 37(1) of the Bombay Police Act,1951,were relayed on wireless at 12.20 pm on August 9,when the firing had already begun. This questions the validity of the order, Abhyankar said.
Karnik,while being examined by advocate Sureshchandra Bhosale,representing the Pune rural police,said that a meeting of policemen and persons against whom there were restraining orders,was called a day prior to the agitation to convey the message to the persons concerned about the restraining orders.
During his deposition,Karnik also admitted that he had not called for a ballistic report of bullets that hit the three farmers,Moreshwar Sathe,Shyam Tupe and Kantabai Sathe,who died in the firing. Karnik was SP till September 2011,almost a month after the incident. During this time he did not call for a ballistic report,which could have ascertained the source of bullets that killed the farmers, Abhyankar said.
Karnik told panel that the firing was necessary since police inspector Maruti Ingawale of Wadgaon Maval police station had received serious head injuries and had fallen unconscious and the agitators had set a police jeep ablaze and were attempting to set fire to a police van carrying woman police constables and also some ammunition. The situation was very grave and firing was necessary to control the mob, Karnik said.