Opposition Shiv Sena-BJP in Maharashtra on Tuesday demanded a judicial probe into the alleged police atrocities against demonstrators agitating for exclusion of 53 villages and the Vasai Municipal Council from the proposed Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation.
The demand was made by Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse during a discussion on the issue in the state Assembly.
Khadse said an opinion poll should be conducted to ascertain the sentiments of the locals on the issue.
"The government's intentions are not clear," he said.
Independent MLA Vivek Pandit, who spearheaded the agitation and also sat on a indefinite hunger strike, alleged that the police brutally crushed a non-violent agitation and physically assaulted women earlier this month.
Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai claimed that Deputy SP Deepak Deora ordered canecharge, and demanded his suspension and an inquiry into the incident.
PWP MLA Ganpatrao Deshmukh said if there is a problem in instituting a judicial probe, a joint committee of both Houses should inquire the matter.
Countering Pandit's allegations, Kshitij Thakur, Bahujan Vikas Agadhi MLA from Nala Sopara said he does not support lathicharge by the police.