August 9, 2011 / IANS, Pune / DC.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
FORCEFUL LAND ACQUISITIONS: Four farmers killed in police firing near Pune!
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Three men and a woman were killed near here on Tuesday when police fired at thousands of farmers who blocked highways and turned violent to protest government takeover of their lands.
At least eight protesters and 35 police personnel were injured in the violence and protests that paralysed the old Mumbai-Pune highway and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
Police identified the four who died as Shantabai Ankush Thaker, 35, Moreshwar S. Sathe, 40, Shyamrao Waghu Tupe, and Maruti Kirid.
Police said several thousands of angry farmers blocked the highways, resulting in a tailback of vehicles at least 10 km long on both directions.
The farmers were protesting against land acquisition for laying a water pipeline between Pavna Dam in Maval sub-district to the outskirts of Pune city.
Condemning the police firing, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh leader Balasaheb Pingle accused the Maharashtra government of turning a deaf ear to farmers' demands.
Police squarely blamed the demonstrators.
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