TDN World Desk: A dalit farmer and his wife have reportedly consumed pesticide in an attempt to suicide infront of their children and police personnels after their crops were destroyed by revenue department officials, NDTV reported.

The incident took place on Tuesday. the dalit couple were identified as Ram Kumar Ahirwar (38) and Savitri Devi (35).

reportedly, the dalit couple were assaulted by police when they were being evicted from a govt-owned piece of land alotted for building a model college , which the farmers said they were cultivating for years.

Speaking to NDTV, Savitri devi said,” We don’t know whose land it is. We have been farming on it for long time. when our standing ccrop has been destroyed, we don’t have other option, but to kill ourselves.”

A 44-second video clip of the police atrocitiy against the poor farmer and his wife are doing rounds on social media.

Sharing a widely circulated video-clip, where the couple were seen being thrashed by the police with lathis, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said,”Our fight is against this mindset and injuctice.”

Denouncing police brutality on the poor farmer family, Bhim Army leader Chandra Shekhar Azad asked the ruling Madhya Pradesh BJP government whether police should hold lathis in their hands to protect people or to persecute them.