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‘Debt-ridden’ farmer kills self in Malegaon

india Updated: Nov 08, 2015 16:13 IST
Farmer suicide

Maharashtra's drought-battered Marathwada region has witnessed a spurt in farmer suicide. (Representative photo)

Distressed over his debt burden, a 34-year-old farmer has allegedly committed suicide at Malegaon taluka in Maharashtra’s Nashik district, police said on Sunday.

Ravindra Abhiman Nikam, a resident of Dabhadi in Malegaon, ended his life by consuming a poisonous substance at an agricultural field yesterday, an officer at Chhavani police station said. He had apparently borrowed money from his friends and also taken Rs 10 lakh loan from a private financial company to purchase a tractor and for other agriculture purposes. But, due to inadequate rainfall this year, he could not repay the amount.

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Distressed over his debt burden, the farmer took the extreme step, he said. The body was sent to Malegaon Civil Hospital for postmortem and later handed over to his relatives, police added.