Pune: In a major goof-up, the officials from Chakan police station have booked a dead farmer among 100 others on charges of obstructing them from discharging their official duty, after the Bhama Askhed dam project-affected farmers had protested on April 6.
The farmers had organised a protest at the sub-divisional office of the dam project at Karanjvihire village (Khed) and made the official to stop water release.
On April 9, the water was released under police protection.
Based on a complaint from a sub-divisional officer of the project, Sarjerao Balasaheb Memane (50), Chakan police station under Pune rural police had filed an FIR against the farmers.
However, it also listed Namdev Bandal who died about few months back.
Police have charged the farmers for offences including rioting, unlawful assembly and trespass under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
After the goof-up, officials said that the name of another farmer with the same surname was to be written but Namdev’s name got written and it will be removed.
However, the farmers, who organised a protest outside Chakan police station on Sunday, alleged that police have registered a bogus case against them.
“The government is not serious about our rehabilitation. The project affected farmers neither got rehabilitated nor got land. We are ready to get arrested. We will not apply for bail. The bogus case has been filed to silence our voice,” the farmers said.
Police Inspector Manoj Yadav accepted their petition and assured them that no injustice will be done to them.
When asked about the name of the dead farmer in the FIR, he said, “The complaint was given by Memane, which contained the name of Namdev Bandal. Actually, he wanted to name Devidas Bandal. We will get it rectified.”