Black Di­wali: Ya­vat­mal farmer tries to end life over burnt crop

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE -

Des­per­ate over not get­ting any re­lief from the au­thor­i­ties af­ter four acres of his sug­ar­cane crop was burnt down, a 40-year-old farmer of Ya­vat­mal district at­tempted to com­mit sui­cide on Di­wali day on Novem­ber 7.

A ma­jor fault in a trans­former of the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Elec­tric­ity Board (MSEB) lo­cated on his farm cause the fire.

Farmer Su­jit Ramesh Da­hekar has been com­plain­ing to the MSEB of­fi­cials for quite some time, but noth­ing was done.

Af­ter the fire started, the fire bri­gade was called, but its per­son­nel went back, stat­ing that the en­gine they had brought can­not deal with the wide­spread fire on the agri­cul­tural field.

The farmer’s at­tempt to com­mit sui­cide in his vil­lage on Wed­nes­day sad­dened the vil­lagers who did not cel­e­brate Di­wali but ob­served a ‘black Di­wali’ in protest.

Af­ter the news of the farmer’s sui­cide at­tempt spread, the whole ad­min­is­tra­tion came down to the vil­lage. Vil­lagers said he has been run­ning around for help all these days but no­body was even ready to lis­ten to his case. He was ad­mit­ted to a hos­pi­tal in Ya­vat­mal and he is now out of dan­ger.

The en­tire vil­lage stand­ing in his sup­port has given strength to Su­jit to state that he will file the in­sur­ance claim against the crop dam­age. He will also file cases of neg­li­gence and dam­age against MSEB and the fire bri­gade, he said.

A ma­jor fault in a trans­former of the MSEB lo­cated on his farm burnt down ujit Ramesh Da­hekar’s four acres of sug­ar­ca­nen crop. He has been run­ning around for help but no­body was even ready to lis­ten to his case.

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