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Pune protestors shot in neck and chest: Autopsy

The three protesting farmers from Maval taluka, who died on Tuesday at Bour village, 128 km from Mumbai, were shot on their chest and neck by police, an autopsy revealed on Wednesday.Yogesh Joshi reports.

mumbai Updated: Aug 11, 2011 01:54 IST
Yogesh Joshi

The three protesting farmers from Maval taluka, who died on Tuesday at Bour village, 128 km from Mumbai, were shot on their chest and neck by police, an autopsy revealed on Wednesday.

Ten protesters were injured in Tuesday’s shooting, of which six were shot above the waist.

This was in violation of the police guideline of shooting below the waist to avoid fatal injuries to protesters.

"The police manual says that any use of force should be effective to discourage the crowd. However, the manual does not throw clarity on whether the police are allowed to fire above the waist," Bhaskar Misar, former state police chief, said.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/11_08_11-metro8.jpg

Shyam Tupe, 25, Moreshwar Sathe, 45, and Kanta Thakar, 40 were protesting the diversion of water through a pipeline from Pawna dam to the industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad.

While Tupe and Sathe were shot in the neck, Thakar received bullets in her chest, said sources at Sassoon hospital where the postmortem was conducted.

Their final rites were performed on Wednesday evening.

The Maharashtra government has announced a judicial probe into the incident. Replying to a debate on the issue raised through an adjournment motion, state home minister RR Patil said, “A retired high court judge will probe this incident and it will submit the report in three months.”

Both houses of assembly were disrupted several times over the incident that has left the government red-faced and projected the NCP as anti-farmer.

Patil and his party colleague, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who is also Pune district’s guardian minister, bore the brunt of the Opposition attack.

Patil did not defend the police firing in his reply, but alleged there was a conspiracy behind the incident. The probe, he said, will also investigate if there was an excessive use of force by the police.

Meanwhile, a relative of Tupe, Natthu Ghare said: “Police fired at him from a close distance. They forcibly took him out of the Bolero he was driving and shot him dead.”

Pune SP Sandeep Karnik did not deny that some people may have been shot in the neck. “I cannot comment more as judicial inquiry has already been ordered to probe the incident.”

On Tuesday, Karnik had said the firing was in self-defence.

Patil admitted that the home department and the police had not handled the agitation deftly. “We should have taken preventive measures since we knew that this protest would be aggressive as the state assembly was in session. We should have done preventive arrests to quell the agitation,” he said.