‘Water dept not responsible for suicide’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Pawar owned agricultural land in Lasurne and Belwadi villages in Indapur taluka and was found dead in a well on Sunday morning. Officials of Walchandnagar have lodged a case of accidental death. 

PUNE: The Water Resources Department on Tuesday stated that they should not be held responsible for the alleged suicide of 48-year-old Indapur farmer Vasant Pawar who died after jumping into a well on Sunday. In his suicide note, Pawar had blamed two ministers in the State cabinet, for his sorry state which forced him to commit suicide. 

As per Walchandnagar police, Pawar had stated in the suicide note, which was found neatly kept in a plastic sheet, that his crops were destroyed due to non-availability of water and that he was under huge debts. Pawar owned agricultural land in Lasurne and Belwadi villages in Indapur taluka and was found dead in a well on Sunday morning. Officials of Walchandnagar have lodged a case of accidental death. 

On Tuesday in a press release, the Water Resources Department clarified that the water is released from the canal as per decisions taken in the Canal Committee meeting. As per the decision, it is decided to provide 0.31 TMC water to Neera sub-division. The water is released as per ‘Tail to Head rule’ in which area in Tail division will get water first. “The field of Pawar comes under Neera Left canal. So as per rules it is necessary to irrigate the land by ‘Tail to Head rule’ and in such situation there can be a scenario that some areas are deprived of water and so Water Resources Department should not be held responsible for the death of Pawar which is an unfortunate incident,” stated the press release from Water resources department.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Shivaji Hole, who is investigating the suicide case, said that he has already written letters to the Water Resources Department seeking details of water management in the area.

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