Farmer couple consumes pesticide in MP’s Guna after authorities allegedly seize land, bulldoze their crops
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a piece of shocking news emerging from Madhya Pradesh’s Guna district, a Dalit couple consumed pesticide in a suicide attempt after they were removed from a plot of government land allotted for a college, where the couple was farming from a long time.
A purported video of the incident has also gone viral in which the police can be seen beating up the man mercilessly and dragged the couple into an ambulance.
The couple identified as Rajkumar Ahirwar and Savitri were admitted to a government-run hospital and are in stable condition said the district collector.
"The (farm) land was reserved for a government model college. Rajkumar Ahirwar (38) and his wife Savitri (35) were working on the land. Gabbu Pardi, who had encroached on the land, had given them work," said district collector S Vishwanathan earlier in the day as reported by PTI.
“When officials asked them to vacate the field, they protested and drank pesticide at the behest of those who had encroached on the land, he claimed. The two also refused to go to the hospital so the police had to use force to take them to the hospital”, the collector claimed. "Their condition is now stable," Vishwanathan added.
However, the state government also ordered the transfer of the district collector and the Superintendent of Police (SP). Taking a serious view of the incident, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered the transfer of the collector and Superintendent of Police.
"The chief minister has taken the issue of the beating of a Dalit couple in Guna very seriously and ordered the transfer of the collector and SP," state public relations commissioner Dr Sudam P Khade told PTI.
Hitting out the state government over the incident, the opposition Congress slammed the use of force and demanded action against those responsible for the incident. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also tweeted the video and wrote, “We have to fight this mentality and injustice”.
हमारी लड़ाई इसी सोच और अन्याय के ख़िलाफ़ है। pic.twitter.com/egGjgY5Awm— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 16, 2020
Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath also targetted the state government and demanded stern action against those responsible. "A Dalit couple was mercilessly beaten up by the cops. what kind of jungle raj is this?" tweeted former chief minister Kamal Nath.
कांग्रेस पार्टी ने हमेशा ही ग़रीबों और किसानों की लड़ाई में उनका साथ दिया है।— MP Congress (@INCMP) July 16, 2020
—शिवराज सरकार के इस अमानवीय कृत्य ने बीजेपी की तानाशाही को बेनक़ाब किया है।
“ये लड़ाई शिवराज सरकार के अंत का आरंभ है” https://t.co/AxZjpqAcAb
"If it was related to government land, it (the issue) can be legally resolved...but beating him, his wife and a kid is not justified....stern action should be taken against those responsible for it," the Congress leader said.
(With PTI Inputs)
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