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Livid with low prices for crops, 28-year-old farmer threatens to jump off Mantralaya in Mumbai

He wanted to meet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis or agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar

mumbai Updated: Nov 11, 2017 00:10 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
The 28-year-old farmer throws a letter containing his phone number to officials who tried to talk him out of his suicide bid at Mantralaya in Mumbai on Friday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT )

There was high-voltage drama for around two hours on Friday at Mantralaya, the administrative headquarters of the Maharashtra government, after a youth climbed out on the parapet of the seventh floor and threatened to jump off.

Dyaneshwar Salve, 28, from Maslakhurd village of Osmanabad district of the drought-prone Marathwada region, demanded to meet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis or agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar. A soyabean farmer, Salve told officials that he was agitated as he has not received the “correct price” for his produce. He claimed to have got only Rs19,000 for his produce, which according to him, was less than the input cost.

Salve finallyn climbed down after three state ministers – Vinod Tawde, Ranjit Patil and Deepak Kesarkar – rushed to meet him and promised to consider his demands.

Tawde said they have found Salve’s demands “genuine and not politically motivated”. “He was demanding better prices for agriculture produce for the farmers and implementing recommendations of Swaminathan Commission report, which suggests the same. We have assured him to consider all his demands and bring relief to the agrarian community,” Tawde said.

Tawde said the government has assured him that he will not be booked for his suicide attempt.

Earlier, on request from police officers, Salve threw a piece of paper mentioning his mobile number, which was used to speak with him and persuade him to climb down.

He also found a broken piece of glass window pane on the parapet that he was threatening to use to cut his throat if the police tried to catch him.

Meanwhile, fire brigade officials were ready with an inflatable sheet to catch him down on the ground if he jumped.

Salve probably has NCP connections, as on his Facebook account, he has declared himself as a staunch supporter of Udayanraje Bhosale, NCP MP from Satara. He has also shared a photo with a caption of him joining the NCP on February 13 this year.

First Published: Nov 10, 2017 17:24 IST