A debt-ridden farmer committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district on Sunday night, police said on Monday, putting the spotlight back on the state’s failure to help a community heavily dependent on the weather god.
Police said that Ummed Singh Rajput, 40, ended his life by jumping into a well in Badigaon, around 110 km west of Indore.
Rajput is the seventh farmer to have committed suicide in Khargone district in the last two years, all of them weighed down by the burden of debt.
Rajput’s widow Reshambai said that recent unseasonal rains had destroyed standing crop in their 13-acre farmland.
“My husband was under depression for the past few days after rains damaged standing crop,” Reshambai said. Rajput had availed a loan of Rs 2 lakh from a farmers’ cooperative society besides borrowing money from market on high interest rates.
“Due to recent unseasonal rainfall we got only 50 kilogram soyabean crop from total 13 acres of land. Adding to our woes, the electricity distribution company also disconnected our power connection declaring us defaulters as we have failed to pay electricity bill the past two years,” she added.
Bhikangaon sub-divisional magistrate SP Singh ordered a probe into the matter.
The issue of farmer suicide has always been a political issue in the state with all parties raising the matter at some point of time or the other to target others.
Last year, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had even accused the then Congress-led UPA government of not heeding to his plea for financial aid to help the farmers. However, Rajput’s death has come when Chouhan’s own party, the BJP, is in power at the centre.