Cops lob tear gas shells as farmers’ stir against sugar factory turns ugly
The agitation of sugarcane farmers at Baramati, the hometown of Union Agriculture minister, Sharad Pawar and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, took a violent turn on Monday with police resorting to lathi-charge and tear gas.mumbai Updated: Dec 14, 2010 01:28 IST
The agitation of sugarcane farmers at Baramati, the hometown of Union Agriculture minister, Sharad Pawar and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, took a violent turn on Monday with police resorting to lathi-charge and tear gas.
Farmers of the Someshwar Cooperative Sugar Factory, on the boundary of Baramati, clashed with the police for almost an hour. Their union leader, Satish Kakde was arrested.
Baramati police inspector, Annasaheb Gholap said 24 people were arrested while 14, including police personnel, were injured, in the clash.
Kakde and others arrested, were booked under various charges and were denied bail. The police have prohibited entry within half km periphery of all the sugar factories in the district.
The sugar factory paid an advance of Rs 1,500 per tonne of sugarcane to the farmers who are demanding Rs 2,200 per tonne because of excess production.
The board of directors is not willing to pay the farmers a higher price.
On Sunday, on Pawar’s 70th birthday, farmers staged a rasta-roko on Neera-Baramati road.
It was withdrawn after an assurance that the board of directors would take a decision on Monday. However, farmers began agitating when no action was taken by the company.
ST buses and a petrol pump were heavily damaged during the agitation. Gholap said the police opened eight rounds of tear gas to control the mob.
Heavy police security has also been deployed at the Katewadi residence of Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar, police sources said, in view of a warning issued by the Pune District Action Committee, which has launched the agitation.