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Maval farmers plan to intensify stir

It has been 22 days since the Maval firing incident,in which three farmers lost their lives and many injured.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune |
September 1, 2011 5:18:53 am

It has been 22 days since the Maval firing incident,in which three farmers lost their lives and many injured. While SP rural Sandeep Karnik,who was in-charge of security during the agitation,has got a transfer to Mumbai on his request,nothing else has moved on the issue. Status quo is being maintained on the Pavana dam-Nigdi pipeline project and the government is yet to announce the name of the retired judge to handle the judicial probe.

Farmers are miffed there has been no hearing of the case yet despite their making several appeals to political leaders across party lines. The additional sessions judge even deferred hearing of 43 bail pleas in the Maval firing case till September 2 while granting interim bail on medical grounds to one of the eight farmers arrested following the agitation.

“We have submitted our pleas to senior party leaders from all parties but there is no hearing given to us though we have been opposing to the project from day one of the project,” said Shankarrao Shelar,president,Bharatiya Kisan Sangh. Another farmer said,“With seven of our members still in jail,the transfer of the senior officer should not have taken place in such a situation.” The farmers are contemplating furthering their agitation

While the district collector had given a temporary ‘stop work’ order,the status quo has been maintained by Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) officials. PCMC additional commissioner PCMC Prakash Kadam said they have stopped work as per the orders. “We have got no further orders and are maintaining the status quo,” he said.

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Meanwhile,district collectorate officials maintained there are no orders received by the department about the judicial inquiry. “We are willing to cooperate but are yet to receive any orders or inquiry on the same,” said a senior official. “We only came to know about the judicial inquiry in the newspapers. We are yet to receive anything in hand,” said a senior official from Maval tehsil office.

Farmers had submitted their appeals to AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi,who had made a visit to the area. “We were hopeful there would be some intervention in the case from the Centre. However,there is nothing so far,” said Shelar,adding that after the release of the farmers,they would plan an agitation.

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