Around 50 Dalit families from Sehore have written to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan requesting him to allow them to die alleging land granted to them 15 years ago by the government is occupied by musclemen which has left them with no means to sustain livelihood.
The letter by Rashtriya Dalit Chetna Manch has signatures of the manch’s state secretary Jaswant Singh and several others including Ram Prasad, Anokhi Lal and Ram Bharos.
The letter says that the influential people of their respective villages often threatened them with dire consequences if they went ahead with their demand.
They said they had submitted applications to the administration several times and lodged their protest through fast, dharna and demonstrations but it had all fallen on deaf ears.
“These oppressed people are living in abject poverty as they do not have any source of income. Therefore, they have sought to end their lives (mercy killing),” Singh said on Sunday.
The families belong to Nasrullahganj area in Budhni, the assembly constituency of Chouhan.
However, district authorities denied receiving any such complaint and said a case in this regard was being heard in court. “No complaint of such a nature has come to me. If it comes to me, certainly action will be taken into it immediately,” Sehore district collector Sudam Khade said.
“This issue pertains to the revenue department and it is being heard by honourable court after an FIR was registered,” Nasrullaganj police station Inspector Niranjan Sharma said.
With PTI inputs