Farmer commits suicide as hailstorm destroys crops

BHOPAL: Unseasonal rains followed by hailstorm in the city and nearby rural areas reportedly claimed the life of a 45- yr- old farmer of Kulhor village in Bairasia, who committed suicide in the wee hours of Thursday allegedly because of being under the burden of heavy debts after his standing crops were destroyed completely.

Farmer Commits Suicide
Farmer Commits Suicide

The police along with FSL team reached the spot and after making panchnama sent his body for postmortem. TI, Bairasia, Gopal Chauhan said the deceased farmer was identified as Kamal Vishwakarma, 48, of Kulhor village in Bairasia. Chauhan further said Kamal had taken loans to the tune of Rs 2.5 lakh from various people during sowing of rabi crop as he did not even manage to get back the money he had invested during kharif sowing, which was also damaged due to the incessant rain in the rainy season.

The incident took place at around 3am on Thursday as Haricharan spotted his father’s body hanging from the ceiling fan after which he

informed the police. It was told that on Wednesday night, Kamal had been to his farm, and seeing the deplorable state of his crops, he came back dejected and cried in despair.

However, investigation officer SI, BL Sharma said, in December, victim Kamal had hit a person by bike following which the injured had made claims against Kamal in the court while the hearing of the case was underway. Sharma added it might be possible that due to fear of going to jail, Kamal committed suicide.

As no suicide note was recovered from the spot, the exact reason behind the extreme step could not be ascertained. The police registered a case under Section 174 of CrPc and probe is on.

CM cancels tour, convenes high- level meeting

BHOPAL: The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has convened a high- level meeting of ministers and top officers on Friday at 9am at the Mantralaya to discuss the heavy loss of crops due to rain and hailstorm all over the State. All the Ministers who are in Bhopal and all ACSs and PSs have been asked to attend. The Chief Minister has cancelled his visit to Jabalpur on Friday, where he was to launch ‘ Aao Banein Madhya Pradesh’ campaign in view of the natural calamity. After the meeting, the CM will take inputs from Collectors on the loss in their districts through video- conferencing.

The Ministers who are out of town have been asked to attend the meeting through video- conferencing from wherever they are.

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