Maha govt against handing over Maval case to CID

Maharashtra government informed the Bombay HC that it was not inclined to transfer probe in the Maval firing incident to the state CID.

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday informed the Bombay High Court that it was not inclined to transfer probe in the Maval firing incident to the state Crime Investigation Department (CID) as suggested by the court.
Public prosecutor Pandurang Pol told a division bench,
headed by Justice S A Bobade, that they were opposing transfer
of the investigation to CID since the government has already
appointed a deputy superintendent (DySP) of another district
to probe the incident.

DySP of Daund district S L Kengar has been appointed as
the investigation officer to probe the incident of August 9
where police had opened fire on agriculturists who were
protesting against government`s decision to lay a closed pipe
line to supply water from Pavna dam to the limits of Pimpri-
Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. According to the protestors,
due to the project they would not get water for their crops.

Three agitators died and 19 were injured in the incident.

According to an affidavit filed by Sudhakar Chavan,
deputy secretary, home department, 45 police officers and 20
personnel of SRPF were also injured.

A judicial commission headed by retired judge M G Gaikwad
has been set up to look into the incident, the affidavit said.
Another affidavit filed by Kengar states that he has
already begun investigation and recorded statements of 49
witnesses. The police are in the process of obtaining video
clippings taken by people on their mobile phone when their
vehicles were passing through Maval when the incident took

Following orders of the Judicial Magistrate First Class,
Maval, FIR was lodged against police officers and weapons were
also seized, adds Kengar`s affidavit.

The court has adjourned the matter for hearing on
December 22 to see progress in the investigation.


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