Police open fire in Sangli district
PROTESTS BY FARMERS:
Sangli, Nov 14: Police opened fire in the air when sugarcane farmers today tried to set ablaze a gas tanker at Ashta village in this west Maharashtra district.
The incident took place when a mob of farmers, demanding hike in sugarcane price, tried to torch a gas tanker after damaging a milk tanker coming from Pune, police said.
"The farmers first damaged the milk tanker. Later they were joined by another group and intercepted a gas tanker and beat up the driver.
They were trying to set on fire the tanker when police lathicharged them. As they refused to budge, we opened fire in air to disperse them," Inspector Nalawade of Ashta police station said.
Farmers have been protesting for the last few days against refusal of cooperative sugar factories in Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur districts of western Maharashtra to give Rs 3,000 per ton as first advance on sugarcane purchase this season. Factories have agreed to pay Rs 2,300 per ton.
The agitation has been spearheaded by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna leader Raju Shetty, who has been arrested.
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Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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