A drought-hit farmer, who had consumed poison outside the Mumbai’s mantralaya on March 23, passed away on March 26, raising questions over Maharastra’s current state of affairs.
According to local police, the farmer, Madhav Kadam, 27, is a resident of Loha taluka of Nanded district and had consumed poison as he was allegedly insulted by the ‘sahib’ at Nanded collectorate.
The police further elaborated that Kadam, had received less amount of relief money than that was sanctioned and had approached Nanded collectorate to inquire about the discrepancy in payment.
But instead of sorting his problems out, the ‘sahib’at Nanded collectorate had insulted him for daring to inquire about the discrepancy.
Disheartened by what had happened, Kadam had then travelled to Mumbai and consumed poison outside the mantralaya.
Police said Kadam on March 23 had consumed poison outside the main gate of the new administrative building around 9.40 am and was immediately rushed to GT Hospital by the police.
Kadam’s statement were recorded after doctors gave them permission and learnt about the events.
Kadam told them that after his father death, his family had solely survived on the earnings through farming, and how after the drought this year his family had received less money than that was allotted to them.
A police officer from Mumbai’s Marine Drive police station said:
“Kadam told the police that after the drought this year, the state government had declared Rs 6,800 per hectare as drought relief to farmers, but Kadam claimed to have received only Rs 4,400 per hectare. Since he got less relief money, he visited the collector’s office at Nanded. The farmer further alleged that the ‘sahib’, however, sent him back insulted”.
Though the officer added that Kadam, in his statement made it clear that he had no personal complaint against anyone. They at present have registered a case of accidental death in the matter.
Kadam’s body was handed over to his relatives late Saturday night and they then took it to Nanded for last rites.