Angered over the death of a one-year-old boy in the nearby Laxminagar area, allegedly due to foul smell emanating from the Hadapsar garbage depot, a mob went on a rampage on Monday afternoon, smashing windshields of 47 vehicles, including garbage trucks, water tankers and vans, parked inside Hadapsar Garbage Depot.
According to the police, around 2 pm, the agitators barged into the campus and damaged the vehicles. Police station in-charge Raghunath Jadhav said that a unidentified people have been booked after a complaint was lodged against them by PMC security guard Kumar Ravishankar Sharma (56), a resident of Tingarenagar.
"Before entering the campus, the agitators attacked the securitymen and threatened to beat them mercilessly if they did not leave the site. A few of them later set the garbage depot on fire. However, the fire brigade officials rushed in time and saved a tragedy. There is a depot petrol pump in the immediate vicinity but fotunately that did not catch fire," said police inspector (crime) Sunil Pandharkar of Hadapsar police station.
Deputy commissioner (Zone IV) Manoj Patil said that the damaged vehicles, mostly garbage trucks, were parked inside the Hadapsar vehicle depot as people were not allowing them to dump the garbage in Uruli. There was a lot of security at the gates so the agitators came from the back gate and smashed the glass panes. They were armed with iron rods, pipes and stones, he added.
Mayor Chanchala Kodre and leader of house in Pune Municipal Corporation Subhash Jagtap have taken the review of the situation at garbage depot. Pandharkar said, "We are yet to arrest anybody in the case. We have sent our teams in the area and will arrest the suspects soon."