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