Govt may withdraw all cases against Maval farmers on 6th firing anniv

ST Correspondent
Friday, 11 August 2017

A delegation of agitating farmers under the leadership of Maval MLA Bala Bhegde called on Mungantiwar on August 3, when the demand for revocation of all  criminal cases on agitating farmers was raised.  Mungantiwar promised that the cases will be withdrawn from all agitating farmers.

PIMPRI: On the 6th anniversary of the police firing on agitating farmers in Maval, the State government is likely to announce withdrawal of all criminal cases against agitating farmers. 

The committee headed by Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar  submitted his report on the issue to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently. A delegation of agitating farmers under the leadership of Maval MLA Bala Bhegde called on Mungantiwar on August 3, when the demand for revocation of all  criminal cases on agitating farmers was raised.  Mungantiwar promised that the cases will be withdrawn from all agitating farmers.

Maval firing of 2007
The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) had undertaken a direct pipeline project from Pavana dam in 2007. Farmers in Maval taluka who were opposing the project blocked Mumbai-Pune Expressway near Baur on August 9, 2011. The agitation turned violent and the police opened fire, killing three farmers. 

The PCMC was then forced to stay the ambitious direct pipeline project for drawing water to PCMC directly from Pavana dam. The project was undertaken under the Centre’s flagship Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and 70 per cent of land acquisition has been completed. 

The NCP-Congress government booked 190 farmers in Maval taluka for the agitation.

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