Debt-ridden farmer commits suicide in Dewas

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dewas/Betul
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2015 15:46 IST

A farmer committed suicide in Dewas district on Saturday while another tried to do the same in Borpend village of Betul district on Friday.

While the dead was identified as Shrinivas Meena, a resident of Khal village, the farmer who attempted suicide was identified as Durgadas Solanki.

Confirming the death, Kantaphode police station in-charge RR Gautam said prima facie it was a case of suicide and no suicide note was recovered from the spot. A case in this regard has been registered, he added.

Meena hanged himself from a ceiling inside his home around 9 am when his wife and children had gone out. When they returned, they saw Meena hanging.

They immediately rushed him to the Kantaphode community health centre, where doctors declared him brought dead.

The body was handed over to the family after postmortem.

Villagers claimed Meena committed suicide as he failed to repay a loan. However, the exact amount of loan could not be ascertained.

Meanwhile, the farmer, Durgadas Solanki, who attempted suicide by consuming insecticide at Borpend village in the Betul district was admitted to Padhar hospital where his condition was stated to be critical.

Solanki’s family members claimed that he was extremely depressed after being threatened by bank officials that his property would be auctioned if he failed to repay his loan by April 16.

Police are investigating the matter. Additional superintendent of police Geetesh Garg said Solanki's statement could not be recorded due to his condition.

But any angle of harassment emerged in his statement when recorded, appropriate action would be initiated, he said.

Solanki's wife Chhaya and son Shubham while speaking to reporters said he had taken Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh as loan from Cooperative Bank and Gramin Evam Bhumi Vikas Bank respectively and because of crop damage he could not repay the same.

The amount after adding the interest had reached Rs 6.5 lakh, they said.

Dr Prafulla Parmarth of Padhar Hospital said Solanki's condition was critical and has been kept on life support system.

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