Farmer suicide prevented at Mumbai Mantralaya
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