Dalit man, 65, succumbs after month-long hunger strike in UP

Dalit man, 65, succumbs after month-long hunger strike in UP


 

The man, identified as Sher Singh, a resident of Dheemri under Majhola police station, had been on a fast since December 15.

The family informed that after a local, identified

Bareilly: A 65-year old Dalit man, who was on a hunger strike for nearly a month over encroachment of his property by a few people, died in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad on Friday. Family members and locals kept the body at the SSP office gate and created a ruckus, alleging police inaction in the case.

The man, identified as Sher Singh, a resident of Dheemri under Majhola police station, had been on a fast since December 15.

The family informed that after a local, identified as one Mahendra Pal, allegedly acquired his property illegally, Singh sat on an indefinite hunger strike demanding justice from district administration and police. And also action against the accused.

The deceased’s wife, Leelawati, said, “My husband was shocked after learning that one Mahendra Pal has illegally occupied our property. Ever since, we were running from pillar to post and repeatedly visited police officials to take cognizance of the issue.”

Leelawati added, “After several failed attempts, my husband, who was already weak, sat on a hunger strike from December 15 onwards, demanding local administration to declare the accused as a ‘land mafia’ and take legal action. However, nothing was done.”

The family alleged that they had approached Moradabad police several times. “His health condition deteriorated. We again reached out for help on January 1. He stayed at home while I was making efforts to meet the officials. His health further worsened on Thursday and he passed away,” Leelawati said.

Moradabad district hospital authorities said that Singh was brought dead to the hospital by the police on Friday. The body was sent for postmortem and a report is awaited, according to AK Singh, staff at district hospital.

Speaking to TOI, Moradabad superintendent of police (SP) Amit Kumar Anand said, “A case was registered at Civil Lines police station in 2015 and FIR was lodged under various sections of IPC against the accused Mahendra Pal. At present, there is a stay in the case and it is pending in Allahabad high court and, therefore, police cannot intervene in the matter.”

Moreover, Sher Singh’s health condition was already unstable and he was suffering from serious breathing difficulties and even undergoing treatment at a private hospital, Anand added.

He, in fact, died while he was undergoing a chest X-ray at a private hospital and the actual cause of death will be ascertained once the autopsy report arrives, the SP (city) said.

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as one Mahendra Pal, allegedly acquired his property illegally, Singh sat on an indefinite hunger strike demanding justice from district administration and police. And also action against the accused.

The deceased’s wife, Leelawati, said, “My husband was shocked after learning that one Mahendra Pal has illegally occupied our property. Ever since, we were running from pillar to post and repeatedly visited police officials to take cognizance of the issue.”

Leelawati added, “After several failed attempts, my husband, who was already weak, sat on a hunger strike from December 15 onwards, demanding local administration to declare the accused as a ‘land mafia’ and take legal action. However, nothing was done.”

The family alleged that they had approached Moradabad police several times. “His health condition deteriorated. We again reached out for help on January 1. He stayed at home while I was making efforts to meet the officials. His health further worsened on Thursday and he passed away,” Leelawati said.

Moradabad district hospital authorities said that Singh was brought dead to the hospital by the police on Friday. The body was sent for postmortem and a report is awaited, according to AK Singh, staff at district hospital.

Speaking to TOI, Moradabad superintendent of police (SP) Amit Kumar Anand said, “A case was registered at Civil Lines police station in 2015 and FIR was lodged under various sections of IPC against the accused Mahendra Pal. At present, there is a stay in the case and it is pending in Allahabad high court and, therefore, police cannot intervene in the matter.”

Moreover, Sher Singh’s health condition was already unstable and he was suffering from serious breathing difficulties and even undergoing treatment at a private hospital, Anand added.

He, in fact, died while he was undergoing a chest X-ray at a private hospital and the actual cause of death will be ascertained once the autopsy report arrives, the SP (city) said.

Courtesy : TNN

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