Around 150 villagers from Ahire protest outside NDA

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 26 April 2018

The protesters are demanding that the NDA administration should give them permission to enter the premises to worship their village deity. Villagers alleged that NDA administration lathi-charged them during the annual festival of their village deity.

Pune: Around 150 villagers of Ahire gram panchayat and adjoining villages gathered to protest at the National Defence Academy’s (NDA) main gate Kondhwe Dhawde, well known as Kondhwe Gate.

The protesters are demanding that the NDA administration should give them permission to enter the premises to worship their village deity. Villagers alleged that NDA administration lathi-charged them during the annual festival of their village deity.

When contacted NDA, the authorities issued a statement, “As per the memorandum given to us (by the villagers), they have asked for free access to all villagers by NDA. But NDA is a premier institution with a lot of security threats from anti-national elements. Therefore, this boundary wall around the NDA was constructed. Earlier, all the villagers had uncontrolled access, but because of security reasons, the wall has been undertaken and the villagers have been given controlled access. As per request, we give pick-up and drop to villagers.”

“In such cases, the municipal administration and district collectorate should give alternate road from Kudaje. The villagers should meet the civil authorities. They should respect NDA as an institution,” the NDA statement said.

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