Published On : Mon, Jan 29th, 2018

Farmer in suicide bid at Maharashtra secretariat dies

Mumbai: The 84-year-old farmer, who had consumed a poisonous chemical at the Maharashtra secretariat in Mumbai on January 22 seeking adequate compensation for his plot of land, died at JJ Hospital last night, the police said.

The farmer, Dharma Patil who hailed from north Maharashtra, had consumed the chemical to protest low returns offered by state government while acquiring his land for a solar power plant.

Patil was rushed to a government hospital in south Mumbai after the suicide bid.

The farmer’s family had claimed that he took the extreme step after several attempts to get appropriate compensation for his land did not yield any results.

The farmer’s son Narendra Patil had told reporters that his father got only Rs 4 lakh compensation for his five acres of land.

The octogenarian had been visiting the state administrative headquarters for the last three months to complain about the inadequate compensation for his land, his son had said.

The Maharashtra government had offered an assistance of Rs 15 lakh to the farmer, but his son refused to accept it.