A 50-year-old farmer tried to commit suicide by consuming poison in Raipura area of Panna district in MP on Saturday.
Identifying the farmer as Hira Singh, a resident of Itaura village, police said he had sowed paddy in his 2.5-acre plot of land. Though he had taken a loan of Rs 30,000 to purchase seeds and fertiliser, he was unable to repay it due to losses caused by the drought.
According to sources, the farmer was also distressed because he hadn’t received compensation for his failed crops despite repeated requests made to the patwari (revenue officer). Later, the revenue officer allegedly lodged a complaint against the farmer for impeding the discharge of government duties.
Acting on the patwari’s complaint, police called the farmer for interrogation on Saturday. Soon afterwards, the farmer tried to end his life by consuming poison. However, he was immediately rushed to Katni hospital – where doctors declared his condition as stable.
In his statement to the media, Singh blamed the patwari for driving him to attempted suicide.
However, Panna superintendent of police IP Arjariya had a different version to relate. “Singh and two others went to the house of the patwari, who is a woman, and misbehaved with her. After that, she lodged the police complaint.”
When asked about the allegation levelled by Singh against the patwari, Arjariya said, “If he has done so, I will ask the collector to inquire into it.”