Bhopal: 6 more farmers end lives in state, 26 suicides in fortnight

Bhopal: In the past 24 hours, six more distressed farmers committed suicide in various part of the state, taking the number of suicides by peasants in the state since Mandsaur firing on June 6 to 26.

While one suicide was reported from Budni, the assembly segment represented by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, five deaths were reported from Sagar, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Chhindwara and Mandsaur districts on Thursday.

In Guradiya village of Budni assembly constituency in Sehore district, farmer Shatrughan Meena killed himself by consuming poisonous substance.

Meena had consumed poison Wednesday and was taken to a private hospital in Hoshangabad, where he was declared dead on Thursday. Meena’s family members said he owed Rs 10 lakh loan and was distressed over the problems in repaying it. This was the sixth farmer suicide reported in Sehore, the home district of Chief minister.

Farmer Gulai Kurmi of village Basari in Sagar district committed suicide at his agricultural field. He had taken loan from money lender and had a debt of Rs 7.5 lakh. Finding no way out to repay the amount, he ended his life.

Family members of the deceased staged road block by keeping his body on Sagar-Bina road, the SDOP and tehsildar reached the spot and assured the family of proper action. The tehsildar provided Rs 22,000 as ex gratia to the family.

In Chhatarpur, farmer Mahesh Tiwari, a resident of village Narayanpur committed suicide at his house in Chhatarpur on Thursday. He was in debt of Rs 2.5 lakh.

Farmer Sikan Kalla Ahirwar, a resident of village Kakrvaha in Tikamgarh district consumed poisonous substance and ended his life.
In Chinddwara district, Shyam Kumar, a resident of Prarasia, committed suicide.

In Mandsaur, a farmer jumped into the well and committed suicide, on Thursday. ‘

MPHRC seeks details

MP Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance on the death of farmers in Narsinghpur and Bina. MPHRC asked Narsinghpur collector about death of the farmer Laxmi Prasad in six various points. The commission sought to know that whether the deceased had applied for crop loan or not

In other states

4 farmers end lives in Nashik in 2 days

Four debt-ridden farmers allegedly committed suicide in the last two days in Nashik district where one of them set up his own funeral pyre, officials said on Thursday. Supadu Bhika Pawar, 77, of Vadner-Khakurdi village in Malegaon taluka set up his own funeral pyre and then sat in it at his home on Wednesday, sub-divisional officer Ajay More said. When locals noticed smoke from Pawar’s house, they rushed in and took him to Malegaon’s civil hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Kerala farmer commits suicide

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