Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said that the violence witnessed during the
farmers` protest in Maval taluka of Pune district on Tuesday
Talking to reporters at the end of the monsoon session
today, Chavan said there was a precedent,for,in a similar
incident in Pune recently, certain elements had tried to
ensure that a protest went out of control.
In a veiled reference to the shifting of statue of
Dadoji Konddeo in Pune and Shiv Sena’s bandh to protest
against the shifting, Chavan said, "certain elements work
overtime to ensure that a protest turns violent and situation
goes out of hand. This was seen when a certain statue was
shifted to a different place and how tapped phone conversation
of few persons showed that they wanted to create a situation
of riot. The case is now being tried in court."
Defending his deputy Ajit Pawar against the opposition
charge that they suspected the local SP Sandeep Karnik had
consulted Pawar before ordering firing, Chavan said that
"people should refrain from levelling baseless charges,".
Pawar who was present at the press conference intervened
to say that the judicial probe would reveal the truth.
"We all want to know who is behind the violence. I called
up Karnik when the Leader of Opposition in the assembly Eknath
Khadse said in the house that two persons were killed in the
firing. Even though adequate bandobast was maintained for the
demonstration, nobody imagined that the situation would go out
of control," he said.
Pawar said the piped water supply scheme to Pimpri-
Chinchwad was a JNRUM project. "There is no question of
injustice to the farmers. Instead, due to the closed pipe
water supply project, one TMC water from the Pavana dam could
be saved," he said.
According to him, the district collector had called a
meeting to discuss the issue on August 8. However, farmers did
not turn up for the meeting.
Meanwhile, the government has announced that the next of
kin of the dead in police firing would be given jobs in the
Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and the financial
assistance would be given as per rules.
When asked why the opposition was targeting him, Pawar
said,"to know about this, you should have gone to Rambhau
Mhalgi Prabodini," where a meeting of the state BJP was held
recently and where party leader Gopinath Munde had attacked
Meanwhile, Chavan said that he has sought time from
the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand that 12 acre of
NTC land near Chaityabhoomi in central Mumbai be given to the
state government for setting up Ambedkar Memorial, Social
justice university and Vippasana centre.