Dalit couple in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna district drank pesticide in front of police when a team of local administration bulldozed their crops in a bid to remove encroachment on government land.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has removed the Collector and Superintendent of Police of Guna after a purported video of the incident went viral.
As per the information, about 20 bighas of land was allotted in Jaganpur Chak area for the construction of a college in Guna. This land was allegedly encroached on by Rajkumar Ahirwar and his wife, who claimed that they had been farming on the vacant government land for years.
The couple and local residents said they were forcibly removed but the local administration refuted these allegations and said a local land mafia was resisting an anti-encroachment drive by the police and using poor people to thwart the government’s efforts.
The couple — Ramkumar Ahirwar, 37, a resident of Janakpur Chak village and his wife Savitri Ahirwar, 35 — were rushed to the district hospital in Guna on Tuesday where their condition was said to be stable, added police.
On Tuesday, encroachment removal squad of the local administration in Guna arrived with a JCB and damaged the crops sown in Rajkumar Ahirwar’s field.
After this, Rajkumar pleaded but when the police action did not stop, he drank pesticide in front of the officers. His wife also drank it from the same bottle.
Following the incident, policemen started forcing both of them into a jeep. Then both the husband and wife clung to each other. While the police started beating both of them, a female cop ripped off wife’s sari when she refused to get away from her husband.
A purported video of the incident went viral on Wednesday.
The video shows the husband and wife being beaten up by police in front of their children. The children were also allegedly abused.
Taking note of the situation, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has removed both the Guna collector and the SP from their posts.