Sangli remains tensed after violent clash between protesting farmers and police

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 07:10 hrs

Sangli and nearby districts like Kolhapur and Satara in Maharashtra remain tensed on Tuesday, a day after violent clash between protesting sugarcane farmers and police personnel.

Two farmers have been died while three policemen have been injured after the agitation by sugarcane farmers for higher prices for their crop turned violent on Monday.

About 40 state transport buses were damaged on the Pune-Solapur and Pune-Kolhapur routes by agitating farmers. A bus going to Kolhapur was set on fire near Peth Naka.

Besides MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation) buses, many private vehicles including private buses, were set on fire at various locations on the Kolhapur highway.

The farmers blocked roads at various places in these regions, after a call made by Raju Shetty, a lawmaker and leader of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana. The Shiv Sena has called a bandh in Sangli, Kolhapur and Satara on Wednesday.

According to media report, police baton charged and opened fire when a group of agitating farmers tried to lock a police team inside a hotel at Nandre village in Sangli after learning that Shetty had been detained in Pune.

Hundreds of passengers were left stranded at the Swargate bus stand in Pune as the state transport administration stopped buses leaving for parts of western Maharashtra.

Farmers were protesting against the denial of cooperative sugar factories in the state to give 3,000 rupees per tonne as first advance on sugarcane purchase this season. Factories have agreed to pay only 2, 300 rupees a tonne. (ANI)

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