Adivasi leader killed in police firing
PUNTAMBE (Maharashtra), JUNE 25. An adivasi leader was killed while 27 others, including 17 policemen were injured, during a clash in this remote tribal village in Kopargaon Taluka in Ahmednagar district of the State today.
The incident took place this afternoon, when around 350 Adivasis led by a group `Adivasi Sangram Morcha' marched to the police station in protest against the release of a political activist, Mr. Babasaheb Chavan, who was accused of raping a minor girl.
Nashik region's Special Deputy Inspector-General, Mr. Khanderao Shinde, and Ahmednagar city's Superintendent of Police, Mr. Tukaram Chavan, reached the spot and pacified the mob.
2 die in police firing
Two persons, including a woman, were killed and eight injured, six of them seriously, when police opened fire to disperse a mob of tribals who attacked the police station at Puntamba, 22 kms from here in Ahmednagar district on Monday, police said.
Trouble arose on Monday afternoon when 350 strong tribals under the banner of "Adivasi Sangram Parishad" took out a morcha to Puntamba police station defying prohibitory orders, in protest against the release of Babasaheb Chavan, vice-president of district Youth Congress, who was arrested on June 16 on charges of raping a tribal girl.