The Maharashtra government clarified that the farmer from Aurangabad, who had wanted to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Mantralaya (state secretariat) last week, was not assaulted by police.
Making a statement in the Legislative Council, Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil said that the government will positively consider the problems being faced by him.
Rameshwar Bhusare, a farmer from Ghatshendre village in Aurangabad, had come to Mantralaya on March 23 to meet Fadnavis and to demand compensation for losses he had incurred due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms in 2015.
He had however claimed that he was beaten up by the police deployed at Mantralaya.
Patil clarified that no policeman hit him.
“When he was on his way to the police station in the police van, Bhusare tried to hang himself with a rope lying inside the van and a policeman tried to stop him,” Patil said.
“The government has a sympathetic approach towards Bhusare and will positively consider to resolve his problems related to loans,” Patil assured.
The incident had led to uproarious scenes in the Upper House, with Opposition members criticising the government for being “anti-farmer” and having “no mercy” towards their problems.