Dalit Farmer And Wife Attempt Suicide After Thrashed By Madhya Pradesh Police

Images of the incident went viral on social media which showed the children of the couple holding on to the father.

Jessica David

July 16, 2020

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A Dalit farmer and his wife drank pesticide in an attempt of suicide after Madhya Pradesh Police and revenue officials destroyed their crops. Images of the incident went viral on social media which showed the children of the couple holding on to the father who fell numb on the ground and crying inconsolably. The picture showed their mother lying on the ground a few meters away. Both of them were taken to a nearby hospital and are stable. As per the officials, the land in Guna was reserved for construction of Model College. The 5.5-acre land was encroached upon by farmer Ramkumar Ahirwar and his wife Savitri Devi.

When police bulldozed their crop, Ramkumar tried to stop them but he was beaten up mercilessly in front of his screaming children. The video of the incident that has surfaced on the internet shows policemen raining blows and beating Ramkumar with lathis. His wife tried to defend but she is also pushed. Guna Collector and Superintendent of Police (SP) have been removed and an inquiry is sought into the incident. Opposition leader slammed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the incident.

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