Man tries to kill self at Mantralaya in Mumbai, third attempt in two weeks
The 25-year-old poured kerosene on himself to protest against the government for not getting him a jobmumbai Updated: Feb 07, 2018 23:58 IST
Two weeks after 84-year-old farmer Dharma Patil committed suicide in front of Mantralaya, a youth chose the same place to try to kill himself on Wednesday. This is the third suicide attempt the state’s administrative headquarters in south Mumbai has seen in the past two weeks.
Avinash Shete, 25, poured kerosene on himself to protest against the government for not getting him a job, said the police while adding that they foiled the attempt.
Last week, the cops had foiled a similar attempt by a 28-year old youth from Solapur by seizing a bottle of poison he was carrying.
On Wednesday morning, Shete tried to attempt suicide while claiming that the government machinery did not pay heed to his complaint that his answer sheet for the exam conducted for recruitment of assistant agriculture officer was not corrected with due diligence. He had appeared for the exam in 2013 and since then had been demanding re-evaluation.
Agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar later met him and assured the re-evaluation of the answer sheet.
Earlier, 28-year old farmer from Solapur Maruti Dhaware had carried a bottle of pesticide with him on Friday. Police, while frisking him at the entrance had seized the bottle averting the suicide attempt. He had been making rounds of the Mantralaya with the complaint that his sugarcane field had no access road to reach the produce to the factory. He was forced to burn the standing crops as the neighbhour was not allowing him right to way.
On January 22, Dharma Patil had attempted suicide at Mantralaya by drinking poisonous chemical. He had said that he received low remuneration for his land acquired for a solar power project in Dhule. Patil died a week after his admission to JJ Hospital.
The government faced embarrassment after his death as the opposition train guns at its for the apathy and corruption in the land acquisition.
The Opposition has attacked the government saying it was playing the ‘Blue Whale’ game with people of Maharashtra. The Opposition on Wednesday again attacked the government with the same allegations. “The farmers and educated youth are attempting suicides at Mantralaya is the clear sign of the government apathy and resentment among the people. The government has failed to give jobs to the unemployed or comply with the polls assurances. It is playing ‘Blue Whale’ game with the people of the state,” said Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.