4 killed in police firing near Pune

Farmers were protesting against pipeline project

The trouble broke out after 400-odd agitators held a rally along the Mumbai-Pune expressway, blocking the busy vehicular traffic and refusing to disperse despite police request, Sandeep Karnik, Superintendent, Pune Rural police, said.

The farmers attacked policemen and their vehicles, after which the officers fired at the mob that indulged in heavy stone throwing, he claimed.  The officer said the police resorted to firing when teargas and rubber bullet rounds failed to control the demonstrators.

As many as 25 policemen received injuries in the stone throwing by the mob and the condition of an inspector is serious, the police added. The farmers were protesting against the water pipeline project conceived to supply water to the neighbouring industrial township of Pimpri Chinchwad from the Pavna dam in the region.

A spokesman of the farmers said the project would deprive the local farmers of their land and affect supply of drinking water in the region, about 70 km from here. The police rounded up about 300 people in connection with the violent incidents even as villagers observed a bundh in support of their demand.

Traffic affected
Traffic on the expressway connecting the two cities remained paralysed for over three hours with vehicles queuing up along many kilometres, sources said. Police said the situation, though tense, was “under control” and the traffic normalised.

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