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`Ajit Pawar responsible for Maval police firing`

BJP national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said his party would raise the issue in Parliament.

Updated: Aug 14, 2011, 17:40 PM IST

Pune: Holding "dogmatic" stand of Maharashtra
deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar responsible for the firing on
farmers agitating against a closed pipeline project at Maval
last week, BJP national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar on Sunday
said his party would raise the issue in Parliament.

"From initially, Ajit Pawar took dogmatic stance to
implement this project. He never listened the farmers` side in
this regard. So, he is equally responsible for the firing
incident. If Assembly session is over, we will put this issue
in parliamentary session," BJP national spokesperson Prakash
Javadekar told reporters here.

Three persons were killed and many others injured when
Pune Rural Police opened fire on farmers agitating against the
closed pipeline project that facilitates supply of water from
Pavna dam to the industrial township of Pimpri Chinchwad in
Maval last week.

Holding the Minister and Pune Rural Police responsible
for the firing incident, Javadekar sought immediate dismissal
of the police officers concerned.

He stated that row over the pipeline project is not
new in Maval.

Lamenting on the government`s "anti-farmer" policy, he
said, "We will fight for the cause of protecting farmers`
interests. We will file a petition in the National Human
Rights Commission in a few days in this regard."

Amid reports of Delhi Police imposing conditions on
social activist Anna Hazare`s proposed fast in Delhi from
August 16, Javadekar said how government can put conditions
for any agitation?

"We will support those individuals, organisations which
are fighting the right cause like corruption. We will support
Anna Hazare for his agitation," added the spokesperson.

PTI