Pune: Three persons were killed when police
opened fire to disperse agitating farmers at Maval near here
who protested against laying of a water pipeline from the
nearby Pavna dam, officials said.
The farmers who took to street attacked policemen and
brought vehicular traffic on Mumbai-Pune highway to a
standstill leading the police to use force, Superintendent
Pune Rural police Sandip Karnik said.
The farmers were objecting to the pipeline and
acquisition of their land for a project to facilitate water
supply to the industrial township of Pimpri Chinchwad.
Police fired after teargas and rubber bullets failed to
quell the rioters, Karnik said.
Villagers in the vicinity of the pipeline project today
observed a bandh in support of their demands.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and
Council were adjourned for the day over the firing issue.