A 52-year-old debt-ridden farmer committed suicide on Monday morning, hanging himself from a tree in the Ratibad area of Bhopal.
According to the police, Manohar Mewara, a resident of Mughaliachap, committed suicide due to crop damage. He had allegedly gone to a temple on Monday morning and his body was later found by villagers, who informed the police and the family members of the deceased.
Mewara, who lived with his aged parents and three children, owned a three-acre farm in Sehore district. The sole breadwinner in his family, Mewara sowed soybean crops by taking a loan of Rs 2 lakh from the bank, but adverse weather resulted in the crop being damaged for the last two seasons. He also took money from his relatives to make both ends meet.
“He was disturbed for some time as he was unable to repay the loan and the bank was sending notices for recovery of the loan. He was also under pressure to return the money borrowed from relatives and owned an electricity bill of Rs 10,000. Hoping to profit from the crop, Mewara had also fixed his two daughters’ marriages. But after the crop failed, he was finding it hard to collect money for the marriages,” said Pratap Singh, Mewara’s nephew.
Singh also said that a delay in the distribution of compensation due to crop damage is also a reason behind Mewara taking the extreme step. Local residents alleged that the bank was putting pressure on farmers for recovery of the loan. They also claimed that though the government had announced Bhopal district as drought-hit area, no compensation had been distributed.
The state has distributed Rs 2,871.19 crore as relief amount to farmers across the state. Thus, 84% of the rs 3,388.63 crore allocated for relief to farmers has been distributed. The relief amount is being distributed for damage to crops in the kharif 2015 season. The process of distribution has been completed in 10 districts — Barwani, Damoh, Datia, Panna, Shahdol, Shivpuri, Sheopur, Anuppur, Tikamgarh and Alirajpur. In Bhopal, 97% farmers have been given compensation.