Mundi: A septuagenarian farmer Jeevan Singh Narware died ahead of senior BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia public meeting here in Mundi village falls under Mandhata assembly constituency.
The incident took place on Sunday afternoon and as per the preliminary investigation, the farmer hails from Utawad village near Chandpura village under Punasa tehsil in Khandwa district.
Other villagers who were present along with Rajput at a place where Scindia is going to address the public meeting said Narware who was sitting on the chair waiting for the leader's arrival collapse on the ground.
Police and administrative officials who were present there immediately taken him to the community health center in Mundi village where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Mundi police station in charge Antim Panwar said the cause of death was unknown as the body was handed over to the family members without conducting a postmortem after they agreed for the same. Later he was cremated at his village Utawad,” he added.
Deceased was left home at around 11 pm and between 12 noon and 12.15 pm, he complained of uneasiness.
BJP candidate Narayan Patel’s family members Surendra Patel and Ishwar Patel visited deceased place and expressed their condolence.
As soon as Scindia and other leaders came to know about the farmer demise, they expressed their condolence observing one-minute silence ahead of addressing the people.
Meanwhile, the presence of a 73-year-old farmer in the crowded public meeting amid an ongoing pandemic in the state raised several questions.
‘6 feet ki doori’ norm goes for a toss
With political leaders hitting the streets and rallies ahead of by-polls in the state, social distancing norms have gone for a toss.
Notably, the state has only just recuperated from the COVID-19 outbreak but it seems the coming elections will push the state back into the danger zone as the public who thronged to the public meetings or political rallies hardly bother to maintain social distancing or wearing the mask.
BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday addressed a public meeting here in Mundi where hundreds of people gathered to hear him.
This rally saw a massive turnout where people hardly wore masks and social distancing norm again ignored.
The state will vote for by-elections on 28 assembly seats on November 3 and the results will be announced on November 10.
As per the guidelines issued by the Home department, masks have been made mandatory at all indoor and outdoor rallies along with a cap of 200 people in closed halls and six feet of social distancing.
Hugging and shaking hands have to be avoided at the rallies and organisers have been asked to ensure availability of paper napkins and proper sanitisation of the venues.