A middle-aged farmer in village Bairagarh Khuman of Sehore district died on Sunday after receiving a notice from MP State Electricity Board (MPSEB) for attachment of his property if he failed to pay a pending bill of Rs 43,835.
Brahmanand Malviya, 40, was already depressed as his crops on four acres were destroyed by rain and hailstorm.
His family members have lodged a complaint with the Shyampur police against MPSEB officials, accusing them of homicide.
According to villagers, Malviya's house was in shambles and the family had shifted to some other place outside the village. But, they often used to come to village since they have a land there.
Assistant engineer of MPSEB GL Singh said Malviya and his family might have moved out of the house now but they used electricity when they were there and would have to pay for it.
Malviya's wife Teju Bai said the electricity bill had been handed over to her husband on March 2 and it was followed by property attachment notice, which was received four to five day ago.
She said her husband, who was already upset due to crop loss, collapsed after receiving the notice.