Debt-Ridden Farmer Falls to His Death After Protest in Delhi

The Wire | December 02, 2018

New Delhi: Fifty-two-year-old Kiran Shantappa Ghorwade died after falling from the third floor of Ambedkar Bhawan in Jhandewalan on Saturday, Indian Express reported. Ghorwade, a resident of Kolhapur district in Maharashtra, had travelled to Delhi to take part in the farmers protest on November 29 and November 30.

At around 3 am on Saturday morning, one of the guards at Ambedkar Bhawan, Bahadur saw Ghorwade’s body on the floor and “raised an alarm. I didn’t see him falling. Someone called the police and they came in 30 minutes and took him to the hospital,” Bahadur told the Indian Express.

When the police arrived, he was rushed to Lady Hardinge Medical College where he was declared brought dead. “Prima facie, it appears he accidentally fell from the third-floor corridor where he had slept last night,” additional DCP (central) Amit Sharma told the Times of India. He was informed that an inquest has been ordered.

Ghorwade owned four acres of land back home in Shirol Taluka of Kolhapur. He grew sugarcane on two acres and urad, wheat or soya bean on the rest. This year, according to the Indian Express, his entire urad crop was damaged by unseasonal rain and a pest attack.

Over his years in agriculture with a small land-holding, Ghorwade had accumulated almost Rs 6 lakh in debt. “His losses and subsequent indebtedness didn’t seem to be ending,” a neighbour, Adinath Hingmare, told Indian Express.

Hingamre also said that Ghorwade had travelled to Delhi with the hope of voicing his problems. “Over the past few years, the condition of farmers who rely solely on their crops for survival has taken a turn for the worse. By joining other farmers he thought the problem would get a voice,” he said.



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