Stone pelting, lathi-charge during ‘Nangar’ morcha leave more than 12 injured

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jan 2017 10:10:36

Amravati Bureau,


Jan 5,

THE Nangar morcha called by Prahar Sanghatana under the leadership of MLA Bacchu Kadu for various demands regarding farmers and farm labourers on Thursday turned violent as angry activists pelted stones on cops after they used tear shells, water cannons and even charged lathis to disperse the mob that was attempting to breach the barricades near the Collectorate. About 12 to 15 people including cops sustained injuries in the
lathi charge and stone pelting incidents.

Prahar Sanghatana, led by MLA Bacchu Kadu, took out a morcha on District Collectorate for pressing their various demands including implementing recommendations of Swaminathan Commission, to provide appropriate rates for agriculture production, to declare compensation of Rs 50,000 per hectare for Tur, Cotton, Soyabean, Paddy and Orange crops losses, to raise the limit of crop loan, to directly include widows, physically challenged and critically ill patients in Pradhanmantri Awas Yojana, to make the agriculture works right from sowing to harvesting under EGS, to provide accident insurance to the farm labourers and others.

Thousands of people participated in the morcha that started from Gadgebaba Samadhi Mandir at Gadgenagar.
The morcha, with notable participation of women activists, reached District Collectorate after passing through Panchawati Square, Irwin Square, Girls’ High School square, raising various slogans and banners. MLA Bacchu Kadu was sitting in bullock cart and took plough in his hand. Women activists led the morcha while MLA Bacchu Kadu was at its end.

As soon as the morcha reached District Collectorate, it met barricades arranged to prohibit protesters’ entry inside District Collectorate. The agitating morchaites started to push barricades and that created ruckus at the spot. Angry activists started to soon push down the barricades and allegedly tried to run tractors over them. Seeing the activists getting violent cops used water cannons and tear shells and even lathi-charge to disperse angry mob.

Though the mob left the place of the barricades, it started pelting stones from far. Pradip Band, Prahar Sanghatana activist sustained severe injuries in the incident and was rushed to District General Hospital. About 12-15 persons including Anil Kuralkar, Police Inspector, Rajendra Dalvi, API, Nisarg Otari, API, Sanjay Jaisingkar, Ambadas Gadling,. Shiva Bhongade, Ramesh Wankhade and Diwakar Dongre, all the cops and Prahar Sanghatana activists including Mangesh Deshmukh and a few others too sustained injuries.

The angry agitators even tried to set afire the ‘VARUN’ vehicle of the police deployed on bandobast. The whole incident took place before MLA Bacchu Kadu reached the spot. He later pacified the mob and controlled the situation. Later, a delegation led by MLA Bacchu Kadu met Kiran Gitte, District Collector, and demanded for the enquiry of the incident.

Bacchu Kadu alleged that police had already planned to use lathi charge, water cannons and tear shells on peaceful agitators to dispersed them. He demanded immediate inquiry into the incident and also sought its report within 2 hours and action against those guilty. Kiran Gitte immediately ordered Ibrahim Chaudhary, Deputy Collector, to make inquiry about the incident.

Still later, MLA Bacchu Kadu, while addressing the agitators in front of the District Collectorate, declared to take out morcha from Nagpur to Vadnagar in Mehsana District of Gujarat on April 11 for pressing their demands regarding the farmers. He also called 2-day agitation in front of theDistrict Collectorate to condemn lathi charge.
Strong police bandobast was deployed at District Collectorate to avoid any untoword incident during the morcha while SRPF platoon and additional bandobast was deployed on the spot after the lathi charge and stone pelting incident.

All top cops including Dattatrya Mandlik, Commissioner, Shashikumar Mina, DCP and others themselves have reached to the spot to control the situation.