Badnawar: Fed-up of police pressure, a farmer from Kodakala village attempted to end his life consuming insecticide inside a police station here at Kanwan village of Badnawar tehsil in Dhar district. The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon and the farmer was identified as 30-year-old Manoj Patidar.
Police rushed him to the nearby health centre and later got him admitted to Badnawar hospital, where his condition is said to be stable. Tehsildar recorded his statement in presence of his family members and other villagers. Members of Bhartiya Kisan Sangh and villagers gathered outside the hospital demanding action against police station staff concerned.
Meanwhile, Dr BL Patidar who is treating him at Badnawar hospital claimed that Patidar’s condition was improving. According to information, on intervening night of Friday–Saturday, Patidar caught Babu, son of Rugnath red-handed in a theft case. Later, Patidar and other villagers handed him over to dial 100 team.
However on Saturday, Patidar got a call from Kanwan police station saying that Babu had lodged a complaint against him and that he should reach the police station. As Patidar was busy with some agriculture work at his field, he replied that he would reach the police station later. On Sunday, he once again got call from the police station.
Patidar rushed to the police station, where on-duty police personnel starts mounting pressure on farmer to settle the dispute with Babu by paying him money. On this, Patidar told on-duty police officer that, he caught Babu red-handed and why should he pays money to him. He was allegedly threatened that he would be put behind bars.
Villagers claimed that more than 10 theft cases have been registered against Babu in different police stations. When contacted Kanwan police station in charge Narendra Vajpayee said on Friday, Babu had lodged his complaint against Patidar and police called him at the police station for the same. At police station, both Babu and Patidar entered into an dispute.
Vajpayee rubbished all the allegations of safeguarding Babu or demanding money from Patidar. Sub-divisional officer (police) Kailash Malviya said attempt to suicide case has been registered against Patidar, while allegation of demanding money by on-duty police personnel is baseless.
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