Gujarat: Farmers’ rally demanding water supply turns violent
To raise the issue of water supply, farmers living in villages near Nal Sarovar had announced to take a rally till Gandhinagar on Tuesday.
Farmers' rally near Sanand town in Gujarat has turned violent when cops tried to stop them and at least seven policemen were injured in stone pelting. During the incident, police resorted to lathi charge and lobbying of tear gas shells.
According to Press Trust of India report, Ansari who got the injury on his head said that some agitating farmers hurled stones on the policemen deployed on Sanand-Nal Sarovar road, from where farmers living near Nal Sarovar had planned to take out their rally till Gandhinagar to protest scarcity of irrigation water.
“To raise the issue of water supply, farmers living in villages near Nal Sarovar had announced to take a rally till Gandhinagar today, for which, police had already denied them permission. When the rally reached near Sanand, we tried to convince some of their leaders not to go ahead,” PTI quoted Asari as saying.
“When our talks were on with leaders, some persons in the rally started throwing stones on policemen, injuring at least 7 personnel, including me. We then resorted to mild lathi charge and fired some tear gas shells to control the situation. There are no reports of the civilian injury yet,” said the SP, who remained stationed at the spot after getting first aid.
“The rally consisted around 3,000 persons. We have detained around 15 persons involved in the violence. A formal FIR will be lodged in this regard at Sanand GIDC police station. The situation is totally under control,” added Asari.
While opposition Congress and Patel quota stir leader Hardik Patel criticised the police action to suppress the protest of the farmers.
Condemning the atrocities on farmers who were demanding their basic necessities Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi alleged: “Police thrashed innocent farmers at the beheset of BJP-led Gujarat Government, which is known for suppressing people who raise their voices.”
Stating that the BJP government is trying every trick in the book to retain power by terrorising people, Hardik patel added: “Farmers were lathicharged for raising a legitimate demand. Such atrocities proves that this government is anti-farmer. It is their known method of being in power by terrorising people and suppress every voice of dissent. In coming days, farmers will take appropriate decision in this regard.”