ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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MAHARASHTRA-Offensive against Poor Resumed

IN 1973, the kulaks of Shahada led by P K Patil, a Congress leader at the time, had tried to raise an extensive paramilitary force, ostensibly as a 'Crop Protection' force. The draft scheme covered 350 villages and provided for 1,200 watchmen, 100 havil- ilars, 12 commanders and one major, equipped with a jeep, 12 motorcycles, 100 horses, and 120 guns. The Shramik Sanghatana, an organisation of agricultural labourers and poor peasants in the area, managed to get hold of a copy of the plan and give wide publicity to it. Public opinion thus mobilised and questions raised in Parliament and in the Assembly by opposition parties including the Socialist party, helped to frustrate the scheme.

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