Farmer sui­cide pre­vented at Mum­bai Mantralaya

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Mum­bai: The Mantralaya was the back­drop for high drama on Fri­day with a sui­cide threat by a 28-year-old farmer from Os­man­abad dis­trict. Anand aka Dnyanesh­war Salve climbed onto the ledge of the sev­enth floor and threat­ened to kill him­self either by jump­ing or stab­bing him­self with shards of glass. He only climbed down af­ter a writ­ten as­sur­ance from the gov­ern­ment that all his de­mands would be looked into.

It all be­gan at around 4 pm: Salve en­tered the Mantralaya from the gang­way near the en­ergy depart­ment and climbed on the para­pet on the sev­enth floor. A few visitors and two con­sta­bles no­ticed this and rushed to the spot. Salve then broke a win­dow and bran­dished the glass piece, say­ing he would use it to kill him­self or jump to his death.

He de­manded to speak to either agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Pan­durang Fund­kar or Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis.

By then, a crowd gath­ered be­low and sev­eral se­nior of­fi­cials rushed to the spot.

Soon af­ter, a fire brigade ar­rived and the fire­men held a mat and de­ployed jump sets to catch Salve, in case he jumped or fell. As the se­nior most of­fi­cer present, Shinde be­gan ne­go­ti­at­ing with Salve.

The young farmer de­manded an as­sured price for farm pro­duce, im­ple­men­ta­tion of Swami­nathan Com­mit­tee rec­om­men­da­tions and com­ple­tion, within 48 hours, of the process for on­line pur­chase of farm pro­duce such like soy­bean and cot­ton. He also de­manded that com­pen­sa­tion to­wards land ac­qui­si­tion for Kr­ishna Marath­wadi dam be is­sued im­me­di­ately. Lastly, he de­manded that no FIR be lodged against him once he comes down.

Mean­while, state ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Vinod Tawde reached the spot and ne­go­ti­ated with Salve. Salve asked for writ­ten as­sur­ance that his de­mands would be met, to which Tawde com­plied.

At the end of the 90-minute drama, Salve de­cided to climb down but not be­fore in­sist­ing that TV cam­eras and the me­dia record this. At around 5.30 pm, Salve fi­nally got down safely.

Dnyanesh­war Salve on the sev­enth floor para­pet of Mantralaya on Fri­day

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