Farmer climbs tower to draw CM’s attention

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Sep 2018 12:32:35


Staff Reporter,


Rescue team remained on toes. After three hours of hard toil the man was convinced and was brought down and later booked on charges of attempting suicide

A 28-YEAR-OLD Raisen-based farmer kept BMC officials, police and SDRF team on toes for over three hours after the farmer scaled up a 70-feet high tower at Polytechnic Square near CM’s house in Shyamla Hills area on Thursday morning. The man risked his life to draw CM’s attention to get compensation of his land coming in submergence area.

The foolish act of drawing government’s attention landed him in trouble as Shyamla Hills police booked him under Section 309 of the IPC for attempting suicide. According to police, Virendra Prajapati, son of Borelal, a resident of Bichhua village in Begumganj of Raisen district, has been running from pillar to post for a land compensation issue. His family owned five acres of land in Bicchua village and it came under submergence area which left the family with no means of livelihood. However, even after approaching politicians and bureaucrats, neither he got the compensation nor any other source of income was provided to him by the administration. Irked over their inaction, the man reached Bhopal with his family on Thursday to meet CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan demanding justice for the family but Prajapati was not allowed to meet him after which at around 11.30 am he climbed a 70-feet tower at Polytechnic Square.

After BMC teams received a call that a man has climbed a tower then they swung into action and rushed to the spot with a hydraulic lift machine and Fire Department staff. A police team from Shyamla Hills also rushed to the spot to convince the man whose family members, including his children, had surrounded the area.

Corporator Shabista Zaki and Congress Corporator Monu Saxena reached the spot and raised slogans against the government. A suspended officer of BMC Sajid Khan who was also in the team was criticised by Zaki. Congress leaders also said that the Government on one hand claims to be the government of farmers but instead they are ruining their lives. This is the second time where the same family staged protest in whichever way they felt appropriate. Virendra’s elder brother Damodar had climbed the tower in November 2016 over the same demand.

Two years ago, the family came to Bhopal to meet CM for compensation and a young member of family climbed the tower when officers did not allow them to meet the CM. On being informed, police and municipal officials rushed to the spot. The man was persuaded to come down after 3 hours after which he along with family members were taken to police station where he was booked on charges of attempt to commit suicide. Virendra told police that his land has come under submergence zone, but he has not received any compensation yet.

However, officials claimed that Prajapati encroached on 2 acre Government land near his village and started farming. The Government had acquired land for a pond by displacing him. In a shocking display of insensitivity, members of rescue team who were assigned the task to save him allegedly took selfies with the man tied with a rope before bringing him down from the tower with help of hydraulic lift machine. The clipping taking selfies went viral.