Rain-hit farmer from Chhindawara attempts suicide

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2015 17:22 IST

Upset over crop loss, a 39-year-old farmer tried to commit suicide by consuming pesticide in Chhindawara district, about 273 km south from Bhopal, on Thursday.

The victim, identified as Jaipal Mehdele, is undergoing treatment at Nagpur Medical College and is said to be critical.

Mehdele, a resident of Mahgaon under the Chand police station, had taken Rs 60,000 loan from a bank to purchase fertiliser and seed.

He had also mortgaged his wife's jewellery for Rs 50,000, police said.

Upset after the recent spate of unseasonal rain and hailstorms destroyed the standing crop on his six-acre land, Mehdele consumed pesticide on Thursday morning.

A case has been registered by the local police in the matter.

The victim's wife Urmila Mehdele told newsmen that her husband was under depression due to crop loss.

"We have borrowed over Rs 1 lakh money for seeds and fertilizers this year. Last night, he did not eat dinner, nor could he sleep. He was only saying how he could repay the loans and manage the house," she said.

2 deaths in state

March 14: A 45-year-old farmer committed suicide by consuming pesticide at village Barud in Khargone district after his wheat crop were destroyed by the unseason rain. The farmer, Bansilal Gupta, owned a six acre land.

March 17: A 55-year-old farmer committed suicide by hanging himself at his Mughalia Kot home under Sukhi Sewania police station on the outskirts of Bhopal. Madan Lal suffered major loss, as his both harvested and standing crops had been damaged by the heavy rain and hailstorm. He had also taken Rs 3.5 lakh loan.

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