Police and Govt harassment caused Dalit farmer’s death: Naidu

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Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has termed as inhuman the way the policemen watched as silent spectators when poor Dalit farmer Venkataiah ended his life by consuming pesticide at Venkannapalem in Nellore district.
Mr. Naidu said the farmer took the extreme step following endless harassment and police highhandedness. It is learnt that the constables verbally abused and physically assaulted the farmer while he was working on his land. Feeling humiliated, he quickly swallowed the pesticide that was to be used for the crop.

The TDP chief took to Twitter and said that the YCP Government’s anti-people policies were taking a heavy toll on the people. The Dalit farmer in Nellore Dist consumed poison owing to harassment of police and revenue officials despite a High Court order prohibiting the Government from taking his land in Survey No. 131.

Strongly condemning the incidents, Mr. Naidu said: “It is ghastly to see officials take revenge on a hapless man who went to court against them. They have not only worked against the directives of the Hon’ble High Court but have also violated the human rights of the farmer by resorting to physical violence & verbal abuse.”

Mr. Naidu slammed the policemen who watched as mute spectators instead of rushing the hapless farmer to the hospital. The TDP would stand in support of Venkataiah and make sure that the erring officials are punished without fail. These inhuman acts must be strongly condemned by the civil society.

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