Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and speaker of the state Assembly Dilip Walse-Patil on Saturday visited those injured in the police firing in Maval,on Tuesday at a Talegaon hospital. He,however,chose not to visit the homes of the three farmers who died in the incident.
Walse-Patil is the second NCP leader to visit the survivors after Ajit Pawar,who came at Maharashra Institute of Medical Education and Research Hospital in Talegaon on Wednesday morning.
Speaking to Newsline , few minutes before the visit to the hospital,Walse Patil said,I am visiting the hospital to meet the injured. When asked if he would visit the family members of the victims,he said,No. I will not. Walse-Patil later attended a public gathering in Talegaon.
People from the victims village said Walse-Patil may not have visited them anticipating their wrath. An eyewitness of the firing,a resident of Shivne,the village of Moreshwar Sathe who died in police firing,said,We know that all the members of the ruling party specially that of NCP are afraid of coming here. But we expect them to come and at least speak to the family members of the deceased.
Ajay Chaudhary,who works as a maintenance supervisor at an IT company in Hinjewadi and who sustained a multiple fracture in the leg,said,They all come and give a lot of assurances. Ajit Pawar had said they would discuss the matter with the villagers and see what could be done for our welfare. I was later told that he said the pipeline project will go on. They are giving different statements everywhere. Walse-Patil came to us and asked us how our injuries were. I know they can do nothing more than this.
Bajirao Khirid,the elder brother of Maruti Khirid who received a bullet in the back of his neck that came out of his cheek is now under treatment in the Intensive Care Unit,said,We had lost out 40 acres of land in Pawana dam project and we were given a land in the hilly area which doesnt yield anything. My brother and I have just one and a half acres of land left out from the dam affected area. We are not concerned about who comes to meet us. What they have taken from us cannot be given back.
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