Magisterial probe into Kudagi firing

Magisterial probe into Kudagi firing

Magisterial probe into Kudagi firing

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said the government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the police firing in which two farmers sustained bullet injuries, but ruled out shelving of the thermal power plant project, which is facing opposition by farmers.

He was speaking to mediapersons after interacting with the injured farmers being treated at the KLE Dr Prabhakar Kore Hospital. The farmers were protesting against the thermal plant in Kudagi in Bijapur district when the police opened fire on Saturday.

The chief minister said Bijapur Deputy Commissioner D Ranadeep will probe the incident and submit a report, based on which the government will initiate action.

Siddaramaiah explained that the commissioning of the thermal plant was necessary and pointed out that the decision to set up the plant was not taken recently as the process began nearly a decade ago.

“This is not a State government project. It is being implemented by the Centre. In fact, this project will be a solution to the power crisis in the State,” Siddaramaiah said.

He said the State will get 50 per cent share in the total electricity generated by the 2,400-MW plant.

“The farmers are being misguided about the project, following rumours that farmland will turn into barren fields after the implementation of the project. This has led to the sudden protest,” the chief minister added.

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