The district administration has asked doctors to force-feed Neeraj Pradhan, a 34-year-old man who has been fasting for the last 11 days, demanding action against the alleged police atrocity on the villagers of Chithera in Greater Noida
Currently admitted to district hospital at Sector 30, Pradhan’s health has deteriorated. Pradhan said that he and around 150 villagers were lathicharged by the police on June 28 after they protested against the electricity department, demanding regular supply to the village.
District Magistrate (DM) NP Singh said that in an effort to prevent further deterioration of his health, orders are given to doctors to force-feed him.
“If the person is refusing to eat, doctors will have to force-feed him. I will ask the police officials and doctors to ensure that force feeding is done,” Singh said.
General physician of district hospital Dr Santram said, “Pradhan has refused to eat and his condition is bound to deteriorate if he continues fasting.” If Pradhan’s condition deteriorates, he will have to be referred to the government medical college in Meerut as the district hospital does not have an intensive care unit, the doctor said.
However, Pradhan has refused to be shifted to Lal Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College, Meerut. “None of the police officials or district administration officers have met me. Despite getting beaten up by the police, and then starving for more than 10 days, there is no empathy shown by officials. I will not eat anything unless I get written confirmation that my demands, including action against the guilty policemen and corrupt officials of the electricity department, will be met,” Pradhan said.
Pradhan said that they were protesting in front of the electricity office as there was no supply in the village for three days. “But, the police arrested some of us on charges that we held some of the officials hostage. We then decided to volunteer for a mass arrest and approached the Dadri police station,” he said.
He alleged that when villagers approached the Dadri police station demanding the release of other villagers, the station house officer abused them and lathicharged them.
“The adjoining factories and IT offices get round-the-clock supply but we get only darkness as our share,” he said.
Hundreds of villagers of Chithera and surrounding villages conducted a mahapanchayat on Friday, demanding action against the policemen and officials of electricity department.
“There is corruption in the electricity department and while protesting against it, we were beaten up. Our agitation will continue unless the administration takes concrete action against inspector Jitender Kalra and the corrupt electricity department officials,” Mahender Bhati of Chithera said.