A debt-ridden famer in MP’s Raisen district committed suicide by shooting himself on Sunday.
With Sunday’s incident, the number of farmers who have committed suicide due to crop loss went up to 20 over the past one month in the state.
The farmer, Rahul Singh, 25, a resident of Sukra village in Raisen district, shot himself with a licensed gun owned by his father.
He had reportedly borrowed Rs 20 lakh from different banks and money lenders and was aiming to return it later this year.
He had sown soybean and black gram (urad) in his 25-acre land, but lost it all to crop damage.
According to police sources, Singh went to his farm on Sunday afternoon and shot himself after returning home.
His family rushed him to a hospital in Gairatganj, where he was declared brought dead.
Singh was the only son. The family members said that Singh was upset since his crop got damaged.
His father Nirbhay Singh said, “He was anxious about paying back the debt he had accumulated from banks and some money lenders.”
Sub-divisional officer of police BKS Parihar said a case had been registered and investigation was on.
“Family of the deceased claimed that he committed suicide as he was upset over crop loss. We have started investigation to confirm the family’s claim,” Parihar told HT.