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The state installs safety nets at Mantralaya in the wake of recent suicides

The safety net has been installed on the first floor of the secretariat building

The state installs safety nets at Mantralaya in the wake of recent suicides
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Recently, a series of suicides took place at Mantralaya which urged the state to install a safety net inside the premises of the Mantralaya building. The safety net has been installed on the first floor of the secretariat building.

Senior officials of the Home Department and officials of the ministry made the decision.

Along with the safety net, security and screening at Mantralaya has also been tightened. As a part of safety measures, the state, henceforth will not entertain visitors who visit Mantralaya without an appointment. Also, the administrative desk will be placed outside the main building for those who want to submit letters.

I don’t think installing safety nets will discourage people from attempting suicides. People who are troubled and who are deprived of justice will jump. They will not die as there is a safety net but it will set a trend of jumping and diverting politician’s attention. I think, the ruling government should solve problems instead of converting Mantralaya into a circus,” Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Leader of Opposition, Congress.


Suicide cases and attempts

  • Three months ago, farmer Dnyaneshwar Salve threatened to commit suicide by climbing the Mantralaya building. He had suffered losses after cotton and soybean prices crashed and so in order to protest he climbed the building.

  • Dharma Patil was a farmer and he consumed pesticide on January 22 at Mantralaya and died on January 28 at JJ Hospital. He did so after he could not meet ministers to discuss the issue of inadequate compensation given to him for his land.

  • On Thursday, February 8, 2018, 44-year-old murder convict Harshal Raote committed suicide by jumping off the fifth floor of the building. He was out on a month-long parole and the period was ending on Thursday. Police found a suicide note in which he had mentioned that he was unhappy with the jail sentence and wanted help from the State Home Department.
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