Probe into farmer sui­cide cases must be com­pleted in 1wk: State

Of­fi­cers Of API Rank And Above To Con­duct In­quiry

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: Tak­ing a se­ri­ous note of pen­dency of re­ports in farmer sui­cide cases, which leads to sev­eral is­sues while sanc­tion­ing com­pen­sa­tion to the de­ceased’s fam­ily, the state has is­sued guide­lines in­struct­ing the way an in­quiry should be con­ducted in such cases.

The state has stated that only an as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor (API) or above ranking of­fi­cial should con­duct an in­quiry and re­lated pro­cesses should be com­pleted in a week’s time.

The state home de­part­ment on Satur­day is­sued a cir­cu­lar stat­ing that the po­lice need to in­ves­ti­gate the rea­son be­hind a farmer’s sui­cide so that the de­ceased’s fam­ily can get com­pen- sa­tion as early as pos­si­ble.

The de­ci­sion was taken fol­low­ing a de­mand by Kishor Ti­wari, pres­i­dent of Late Vas­antrao Naik Swavlam­ban Mis­sion (Am­ra­vati).

Ti­wari had met ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary to chief min­is­ter’s of­fice (CMO) on Au­gust 16, which prompted the de­ci­sion.

The cir­cu­lar states, “The foren­sic lab­o­ra­tory should sub­mit its nec­es­sary vis­cera re­port in two days, as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor and above ranking of­fi­cer should visit the sui­cide spot and com­plete the process within a week’s time. All the po­lice com­mis­sion­ers and su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice should take care of the in­struc­tions.”

Ti­wari told TOI that po­lice con­sta­bles used to sub­mit re­ports in farmer sui­cide cases on the ba­sis of in­ad­e­quate in­for­ma­tion and lack of in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “The la­cu­nas in the po­lice re­port has re­sulted in re­jec­tion of sev­eral pleas for com­pen­sa­tion of the de­ceased farm­ers’ fam­i­lies. This should not hap­pen, no fam­ily should be de­prived of com­pen­sa­tion,” said Ti­wari. He in­formed that there must be over 200 such cases pend­ing.

Pres­i­dent of the mis­sion has also de­manded that all the fam­i­lies of those farm­ers who have com­mit­ted sui­cide should be given Rs 1 lakh com­pen­sa­tion, ir­re­spec­tive of the rea­son be­hind the sui­cide.

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