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Dalit man tries to end life over govt's 'delay' in giving land

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

A sustained severe burn injuries after he set himself on fire outside the district collector's office today alleging delay in handing over a piece of land allotted to him under a government scheme, a said.

The man was identified as Banubhai Vankar, who hails from village, the said.

Nine other men were detained by the police after they tried to storm into the premises of the collectorate with the intention to commit suicide and were later released, a of B-Division police station said.

"As many as nine people were detained briefly after they tried to storm into the office of the with the intention to commit suicide. They had expressed their intention to the on a previous date and police were deployed in large numbers to prevent any such attempt," the said.

"However, from village managed to enter the collectorate premises by jumping over the barricade and set himself on fire. He has been shifted to a hospital in Ahmedabad," the official said.

Farmers from as many as four villages were protesting over the delay in providing physical possession of the government land allotted to them despite some of them having deposited the required fee to the revenue department for the same, the police said.

An affected farmer, from Dudhda village in Sami taluka of the district, said that in 2015 she had filed an application in the to get a piece of land under a government scheme to the landless Dalits.

She, however, alleged that even after depositing Rs 22,236 for the transfer of the land to her, she is yet to get the land.

NGO Rashtriya Adhikar Manch, fighting for the rights of Dalits, gave a call for bandh to protest against the "administrative negligence" in the transfer of land to Dalits, "which forced a group to attempt suicide".

Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani, who is also the convener of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, in a statement said it was a "matter of shame" for the BJP government that Dalits had to resort to extreme steps to fight for their rights.

He demanded suspension of the and superintendent of police holding them responsible for the suicide attempts by the farmers.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:50 IST