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Debt ridden farmer commits suicide in Bundelkhand’s Panna by holding a live wire

A debt ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide in Panna district, 386 kms from Bhopal, on Friday. His family members say he electrocuted himself by holding a live wir

bhopal Updated: May 26, 2017 16:07 IST
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A debt ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide in Panna district, 386 kms from Bhopal, on Friday. His family members say he electrocuted himself by holding a live wire, while local police says that prima facie the farmer died due to electrocution but the exact cause of his death will be known after investigation.

The incident occurred in the village Batthaer Megha in Devendernagar tehsil of Panna.

Ramakant Tiwari, the nephew of the deceased- 55-year-old farmer Rama Shankar Tiwari- told HT on phone that his uncle had to pay a loan of Rs 5.3 lakh to the bank. “Due to illness of family members and marriage of a daughter, my uncle (Rama Shankar Tiwari ) couldn’t pay the installments during last one year. The bank officials seized my uncle’s tractor on May 18 and handed over a notice to us on May 19 that Rs 5.3 lakh be paid with in 16 days failing which they will auction the tractor and release the remaining amount from my uncle”, he said.

Ramakant Tiwari said his uncle requested the bank officials to give him three months time during which “we had planned to sell a part of our land to repay the loan. But no time was given. My uncle was depressed and anxious. He lost interest in food and was not eating much. Then on Thursday evening, he committed suicide by holding a live wire”, he said.

Devendernagar police station officer Reeta Tripathi said that Tiwari had died during Thursday night due to electrocution. She said that whether the farmer committed suicide was being investigated.

Last month a 45-year old debt ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide in Dhar district by hanging himself from the branch of a tree in his field. He had also taken a loan of Rs 1 lakh from a cooperative bank.

In last 16 years, over 21000 farmers and farm labourers have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh due to varied reasons. However over last one year, maximum number of farmers have committed suicide since 2001.

From February 2016 to mid-February 2017, 1982 farmers and farm labourers have committed suicide in MP. During last nearly one year, of 9187 people committed who suicide in MP, over 21 % (1982 ) were from agriculture sector-farmers and farm labourers. This translates into one farmer or farm labourer committing suicide every five hours in the state over last one year. If 2016 was bad for farmers and farm labourers in MP, 2015 wasn’t pretty either. MP featured among the top five states which reported maximum suicides by farmers in 2015. In 2015, MP reported 1290 suicides by farmers and agricultural labourers due to varied reasons, according to the NCRB data on accidental deaths and suicides in India (ADSI) released in December last year. The reasons for the farmer suicides, according to the NCRB data, were attributed to farming related issues, crop failure, inability to sell their agricultural produce, inability to repay loans and other factors like poverty, property disputes, marriage related issues, family problems and illness.