Dharma Patil’s son threatens suicide over compensation
After due consideration, the decision was taken to pay extra compensation of the order of Rs 6 lakh to Narendra
Narendra Patil, son of 84-year-old late Dhule farmer Dharma Patil who committed suicide early this year in the state secretariat, today climbed a mobile tower in Dhule and threatened to commit suicide if the government did not give additional compensation and initiate action against the revenue department officers for lapses during land acquisition.
The Maharashtra government has already compensated Dharma Patil’s family and paid them Rs.50 lakh as a compensation. However, Narendra demanded that additional rupees 6 lakh to be paid as compensation as money paid earlier was not enough.
It is notable that Dharma Patil had succumbed after consumption of poison in Mantralaya on January 22 this year demanding higher compensation for five acres of his land acquired by Mahagenco. Dharma Patil had received a paltry Rs 5 lakh as a compensation. Today, following Narendra Patil’s suicide threat, Maharashtra government and state power generation company (Mahagenco) stepped in and decided to pay additional compensation worth Rs 6 lakh
State energy department
to him for his land acquired for the solar power project. The death of Dharma Patil had rocked both the houses of the legislature. Thereafter, the energy department hiked the compensation which Narendra declined to accept. However, the government’s efforts to convince him paid off as Narendra subsequently accepted Rs 50 lakh in February.
Narendra was adamant and wanted immediate government decision. Hectic telephone conversations among the Dhule district collector, the state revenue department officer and the Mahagenco officers took place to find a way out.
State energy department officer told DNA, “After due consideration, the decision was taken to pay extra compensation of the order of Rs 6 lakh to Narendra.’’ Thereafter, Narendra called off his stir and got down from the tower.
File photo of Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal with Narendra Patil (R)