In an appalling incident, a 39-year-old farmer attempted suicide by drinking poison in front of Maharashtra Energy Minister C Bawankule to protest not getting electricity connection despite constant efforts.
He said, “My grandfather had applied for electricity connection in 1980 but we still don’t have it.” He claimed he had warned district administration that he would commit suicide, adding that they didn’t care.
The farmer identified as Ishwar Kharate of Vadoda village on Saturday evening came to an agriculture exhibition that was being held in Malkapur taluka where the Minister of State for Home, Ranjeet Patil and state Energy Madan Yerawar were present.
#Correction Maharashtra: A farmer tried to commit suicide before state Energy MoS, MM Yerawar* in Buldhana on 15 June.Farmer says,”My grandfather had applied for electricity connection in 1980 but we still don’t have it,despite our constant efforts we’re not getting it” (17.6.19) pic.twitter.com/z9Ap9c4kSq
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The police official said, “After Mr. Patil launched the exhibition, the farmer started shouting that his family had been trying to get an electricity connection for the last 38 years, but in vain.”
As per the official, Kharate allegedly consumed a poisonous substance following which the police caught hold of him.
The man was rushed to the district hospital where his condition was reported to be out of danger and the probe into the incident is underway.