Dalit farmer attempts suicide over land dispute

The incident took place around noon when Station House Officer of Mandawar Police Station Vimlesh Kumar was holding a meeting with local residents

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: April 16, 2017 5:49 am

A 45-year-old Dalit farmer allegedly attempted suicide by setting himself ablaze inside Mandawar police station campus in Bijnor on Saturday afternoon over a land dispute. Dharam Veer suffered 40 per cent burns and is undergoing treatment at a hospital, where his condition is stated to be critical. Dharam, a native of Rajarampur village, received injuries in hand, stomach and other vital organs.

The farmer’s family has so far not filed any police complaint. The incident took place around noon when Station House Officer of Mandawar Police Station Vimlesh Kumar was holding a meeting with local residents.

“Before anyone could understand, the farmer poured kerosene on him, which he was carrying in a box, and set himself ablaze,” said SHO. Circle Officer (CO), City, Asit Srivastava said that Dharam had a dispute over an 8-bigha land with another farmer Uday Chauhan.

“On Dharam’s complaint, the lekhpal (one who maintains records of land revenue) went to Rajarampur village and solved the dispute in presence of the villagers. The disputed land was divided equally between Dharam and Chauhan. The settlement was agreed to by both the parties,” he said. The CO said that Dharam’s family alleged that despite the settlement, Chauhan had on Friday cultivated crops on one bigha land belonging to Dharam.

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    Samaritan
    Apr 16, 2017 at 11:28 am
    Why should we bring Caste into picture everywhere ?. We should aim for everyone's comfort and happiness and of course not possible to make everyone equal.
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      Selvan
      Apr 16, 2017 at 10:54 am
      What I don't understand is why you say Dalit farmer. Media people are stupids. Say a farmer why categorise him as Dalit. All are equal.
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        Akshay
        Apr 16, 2017 at 7:33 am
        Why can't a poor farmer be just a poor farmer? Why is that everytime the caste has to be reported? Why be selective and add communal flavor to a news story...
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        1. Rohit Pawar
          Apr 16, 2017 at 10:48 am
          Due to caste based discrimination as per Hindu society.
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        2. Sheik Mohamed
          Apr 16, 2017 at 7:09 am
          A poor farmer attempted suicide in Police Station, why news should be reported as Dalit Farmer, why mixing of caste in this matter also unnecessarily by Press?
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