A farmer from Telangana allegedly took his own life by suicide as he was being harassed over 13 guntas of land.
Hyderabad: A Dalit farmer ended his life at Veluru area of Wargal in Telangana after local authorities allegedly tried to take over his land. The man also recorded a voice note and clicked a selfie before taking the drastic step.
The deceased was identified as Byagari Narimhulu. The man was allegedly disturbed after authorities tried to take over 13 guntas of land owned by him.
Deceased was harassed by authorities
After the farmer committed suicide, he was taken to a hospital in Siddipet where he was declared brought dead. Reportedly, the man had inherited 1 acre and 13 guntas of land from his father.
Allegedly, Narimhulu had sold 1 acre of the land and had been farming on the remaining 13 guntas. The farmer claimed that he had been making efforts to transfer the land to his name. Village Sarpanch, Village Revenue Officer (VRO) and Mandal Revenue Officer (MRO) had allegedly been trying to obstruct the process and were preventing him from claiming the land.
Dalit Bahujan Front (DBF) Secretary Shankar P claimed that the farmer was driven to suicide. He told The News Minute, “He urged the VRO, MRO to re-enter his land in revenue records multiple times. While ignoring his requests, they have forcibly tried to encroach his land for constructing the Rythu Vedika building. All three persons responsible should be booked under SC/ST PoA (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.”
Dalits living in the area staged protests demanding action against the Sarpanch as they accused him of harassing farmers. The police had to deploy additional forces to pacify the protestors.