Former HC judge to probe Maval firing

Retired Bombay High Court Judge MG Gaikwad has been asked to submit his report in 3 months, officials in the Home department said.

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has appointed retired Bombay High Court Judge MG Gaikwad to conduct an inquiry into the Maval firing in which three
farmers were killed.

Gaikwad has been asked to submit his report in three months, officials in the Home department said.

Last month, a demonstration by farmers against a drinking water supply scheme from the Pavana dam to the Pimpri-Chinchwad city turned violent. To control the situation police opened fire on the protestors killing three farmers.

Opposition members had stalled the proceedings of the monsoon session of the state Legislature demanding action against the police and lambasted the government for killing innocent people.

The government then announced that a probe by a retired high court judge will be conducted and also suspended six constables who were seen damaging vehicles of the demonstrators.

Pune Rural SP Sandeep Karnik, who ordered the firing, had sought transfer from his present posting to ensure free and fair probe. The government has accepted his request and he has been shifted to Mumbai.

PTI

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