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Friday, August 12, 2011

PUNE FORCEFUL LAND ACQUISITIONS: A farmer killed fighting for his land!!

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Imtiaz Jaleel, / Updated: August 12, 2011 19:38 IST.

Maval, Pune:  At the start of this week, Lata Tupe could be seen dressed like any other young married woman in the village of Sadawli in Maharashtra, a two hour drive from Mumbai. Her sari was clean but faded, her wrists wore the traditional thin bangles that confer marital status.

No more. She is dressed today in the white sari that confers upon her the new position of a widow. She is 23. In her tiny hut, her 3 year old son plays at her knees.

His father, Shyamlal, was among the 3 farmers who were shot by the police on Tuesday as a protest turned a tragic corner. Shyamlal was fighting for his life when he joined that demonstration against the state government. His father owned three acres of land till 1972 when  the government acquired most agricultural land in this part of south Maharashtra to build the Pawna Dam.  Shyamlal's father, like other farmers in the region, moved to Mumbai and worked at a mill for four years, saving up so he could buy a new farm. 

The new plot of 1.5 acres was located not far from his old land. In 1999, the government forced him to sell another half acre for the new expressway being built to connect Pune to Mumbai.

Shyamlal's father died in 2000. Till this week, the one acre that the family owned supported not just Shyamlal and his wife and son, but his 2 brothers and his mother as well.

01)  The above image is a grab of the Police Video, which belies the Police claim that the protesting farmers have attacked them, forcing them to shoot;

02)  On the other hand, they were running away from them, after their lathicharging and teargas shelling;

03)  Other grab of the same video confirms that police, in fact, have aimed and shot to kill the Three farmers as the farmers were some 100 to 200 feet away from the police, to harm them in any way!

04)  These murderers of the first order, in the police garb, must be prosecuted for cold-blooded murder, under IPC 302!!

05)  All the Police Officers having supervising powers over this incident must be dismissed from service, as they are not fit to serve in the force!!!

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