Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday visited the families of three persons killed in police firing over a water-supply issue and assured them there would
be a fair enquiry into the matter.
He described the police firing in Maval, 25 km east of Pune, on August 9 as “unfortunate” and “unwarranted”.
Farmers were agitating against a proposed water supply tunnel from the Pawna dam to Pimpri-Chinchwad towns, neighbouring Pune, fearing they would lose their water source.
Gandhi, who landed at Pune’s Lohegaon airport early in the morning and directly left for three villages in the Wadgaon Maval area, took the local administration as well as Congress leaders by surprise because they not aware of his programme. The three victims whose families Gandhi visited were Moreshwar Sathe, Shivaji Tupe and Kantabai Thakar. Other villagers, activists and local officials were asked to stay outside their homes when he interacted with the family members.
“He (Gandhi) remarked it was wrong on the part of the police to fire above the waist,” said Kisan Sathe, brother of Moreshwar Sathe, a farmer who, according to family, was killed after the police detained him.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said Gandhi visited the Maval area because he wanted to know the truth about the firing incident.