Bandh tomorrow in three districts of Maharashtra
The Shiv Sena has called for a bandh in Sangli, Kolhapur and Satara districts tomorrow to protest the death of a young farmer in police firing in Sangli, demanding renumerative prices for their produce.
The arrest of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatan (SSS) leader Raju Shetty, MP, led to the violent protests yesterday after Farmers had gathered for 'Raasta roko' agitation with police resorting to lathi-charge and firing in which a farmer, demanding higher prices for their crops, was killed in police firing in Sangli.
Police said the arrest of Shetty sparked off the trouble in Sangli, Kolhapur and Satara districts, In a release, the Sanghatan said when farmers started gathering for a rasta roko agitation, police obstructed them with lathi charges and arrested their leaders. as a result, the crowd turned violent.
They also alleged that government was trying to crush the agitation and demanded their leaders should be released immediately without any condition.
The ongoing agitation would continue till their demands were met. At a meeting of the Sanghatana, Sampatrao Pawar, former MLA, Subhash Jadhav, President of Samiti, Babasaheb Devkar Abasaheb Chaugule and others were present.
Yesterday, the SSS workers were agitating for first instalment of Rs 3000 per tonne sugarcane but Sugar factory owners announced Rs 2300 per tonne as first instalment at Vasgade Village in Sangli District.
Police fired on the violent mob in Sangli, leading to death of a young farmer and injuries to two police constables in stone throwing. the Mob set on fire a motorcycle and a ST bus.
In Kolhapur, the rampaging SSS workers agitated with a rasta roko at Shiroli and Tawade hotel on Pune-Bangalore National highway, disrupting traffic for four hours. five buses and a motorcyle were set on fire by the mob.
later, Kolhapur Divisional Office of State Transpot decided to suspend all ST buses operations.