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Youth dies in police firing in Sangli

Posted on Nov 12, 09:09PM | UNI

The 'rasta roko' staged by the activists of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) in Western Maharashtra in support of their demand for first instalment of Rs 3,000 per tonne for sugarcane farmers took a violent turn this afternoon when a youth was allegedly killed in police firing at Vasgade village in Palus tehsil of the district.

According to Palus police, as part of state-wide rasta roko, called by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) leader MP Raju Shetty, the party wokers had staged rasta roko at Vasgade. The agitation was peaceful till this afternoon.

Suddenly, agitators became violent and locked a room in which policemen on duty were sitting from outside and set afire a motorcycle and a State Transport bus.

Fearing that agitators would set on fire the locked room with policemen inside, the other policemen, who were outside the room, allegedly fired on violent mob.

In this firing, a young worker, identified as Chandrakant Nalawade (32), was injured seriously. He was rushed to civil hospital in Sangli, where he succumbed to bullet injury during medical treatment. Two police constables were injured in stone pelting by agitators.

Press reporters and various news channels personnel could not reach the spot as police blocked all the entry points to Vasgade village. Dileep Sawant, district superintendent of police, along with other top police officials visited the spot to bring the situation under control.