Pune firing: Suspension of policemen demanded
Mumbai/Pune: Opposition members on Thursday
demanded suspension of police officers involved in firing in
Maval, near Pune, in which three farmers were killed, as video
footage showed some policemen apparently aiming their guns and
shooting at unarmed protestors.
The firing incident during violent protests on Tuesday
continued to rock both Houses of Maharashtra Legislature for
the third consecutive day with Opposition creating a ruckus
and calling the police action a "cold-blooded encounter".
Terming the firing as 'murder', Shiv Sena executive
president Uddhav Thackeray demanded resignation of Deputy
Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Home Minister R R Patil.
With the police facing the heat over its controversial
action, Pune rural Police Superintendent Sandip Karnik told
reporters six of the injured were hit by bullets below waist
and it was unfortunate that three were shot above waist
resulting in fatalities.
He also refuted the allegations that one protester was
killed in an " encounter" after pulling him out of a car.
Police said the firing was prompted after they were
attacked by farmers with stones and their jeeps burnt while
they were negotiating with the farmers' leaders.
Three persons were killed and scores injured in police
firing in Maval near Pune on Tuesday following the protests
over a closed pipeline project to supply water to the
industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad town.
The Lower House was adjourned five times while the
Upper House four times as the opposition members shouted
slogans against the government.
At one stage, opposition members climbed onto the podium
and overturned the side table of the Legislative Principal
Secretary Anant Kalse's desk.
"The concerned police officials should be suspended
immediately," the Opposition members demanded.
Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council
Pandurang Phundkar said "...Even news channels have aired
videos that policemen were seen chasing the farmers."
Video footage of the incident aired by TV channels
showed the farmers running away as the policemen fired at them
and not in the air.
Home Minister R R Patil on his part said "If any
policemen is found guilty of firing he will not only be
suspended but would be straightway dismissed from service. And
if required a case under section 302 (murder) would also be
registered against them," Patil said.