Mumbai, Nov 10: High drama was witnessed at the Maharashtra government headquarters Mantralaya on Friday after a farmer climbed onto the top floor’s parapet and threatened to jump off if his demands were not fulfilled, officials said.
The farmer identified as Dnyaneshwar Salve from Osmanabad – who resorted to the “Sholay” style protest demanded that Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar or Minister of State for Agriculture Sadabhau Khot should be called to meet him.
Later, Mumbai police , fire brigade and disaster management teams rushed to the incident spot with full preparations, while some police officials attempted to negotiate with him and find out his grievances.
Eyewitnesses said that at one point, when security forces approached him, Salve took a broken glass piece of a window pane and threatened to slit his threat before they retreated.
He threw a chit of paper demanding that the Maharashtra government to roll out the recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Report and demanding proper remunerative prices to farmers for their products.
Though the two ministers Salve wanted to meet were not available, three other ministers, including Education Minister Vinod Tawde, arrived at the Mantralaya top seventh floor, and assured that all his demands would be considered.
After nearly an hour, persistence by the police, the youth farmer relented and climbed back to safety and was immediately arrested.