Even as six top officials of the Madhya Pradesh government are in the district to interact with distraught farmers, a farmer in Sagar committed suicide by hanging himself to a tree on his farm.
Strangely, none of the officials, who are touring various parts of Sagar, visited any of the villages where farmers have committed suicide.
The officers currently in the district include principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF), Narendra Kumar, additional director general of police Kailash Makwana, IAS officers Satyanand, Dr RK Gupta and Pushpalata Singh and IPS officer Upendra Jain.
They have been entrusted with the responsibility of meeting with farmers in the eleven blocks of the district.
Vinod Ahirwar, 35, a resident of Raja Bilhara village, is the 11th farmer to have committed suicide in the district in the past month and a half.
The deceased farmer’s body was spotted found after he went missing and his family started looking for him. His cousin brother Sanju Ahirwar told HT that his brother was upset due to crop loss and debt, which he was unable to repay.
He had sown soybean in his three-acre land, which had yielded him a total of 45 kg of crops. He had invested around `30,000 in the cultivation.
Bilahra police sub station officer Bakhat Singh Thakur said, “We are inquiring into the matter though some villagers have told us that he had strained ties with his wife and that she was not coming home from her parents’ home.”
However, the deceased’s father-in-law Vinod Ahirwar refuted the police’s claims and said there was no tension between his daughter and her deceased husband.