A 35-year-old debt-ridden farmer died on Thursday after he attempted suicide by drinking poison on Tuesday, making it the second farmer suicide due to debt in Barwani within 20 days.
Santosh Singh Tomar of Kesarpura village consumed pesticide at his house on Tuesday afternoon and was admitted to a private hospital at Barwani. He died early on Thursday, said police.
His elder brother Trilok Singh Tomar said, “In all, we have 5 acres of land and was also cultivating on the land of our mother’s share. Santosh took loans totalling `6.5 lakh from a bank, a cooperative society and Ganesh Sewa Sahakari samiti, and was stressed about repayment.”
Tahsildar Anjad Gajanand Chouhan, who paid a visit to the deceased farmer’s house, said there was no pressure from the parties concerned for loan repayment or recovery.
“Town inspector of Anjad police station JR Solanki said the loans were taken against the entire 5-acre land owned by Santosh Singh, his brother Trilok Singh and their mother. They were having a 28 Bigha land in partnership at Panwa village of Khargone district. There was no such pressure for repayment,” he added.
Santosh had kept his mobile phone switched off since four months and was in depression, said Solanki.
In another instance, a 40-year-old tribal farmer Krishna committed suicide at his house in Bhilkheda village in Barwani district on November 5. A suicide note written on the back of the bank’s recovery notice was found in his trouser pocket.
‘WILL GHERAO CHIEF MINISTER IF GOVT IS MUM ON TRIBAL DEATH’
Leader of opposition in MP assembly Bala Bachchan on Thursday warned that Congress members will gherao chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan if action is not taken against police officials in the alleged custodial death of a 51-year-old tribal man in Chachariya.
Bachchan, who on Wednesday joined a sit-in by Adivasi Mukti Sangathan (AMUS) in front of Chachariya police outpost, said that if the district administration or Barwani superintendent of police don’t take action, he will also raise the matter in MP state assembly.
“The last time Rem Singh was seen alive was in police custody and he was later found dead in an open field. Jan shikshak Prakash Chouhan committed suicide due to harassment by CEO of Barwani zila panchayat and IAS officer B Kartikeyan. Despite mentioning his name in the suicide note, police are sheltering Kartikeyan. This issue will also be raised in assembly,” said Bachchan.
The decomposed body of Rem Singh was found in a field on October 11, three days after police allegedly arrested him over a marital dispute following a complaint by his brother-in-law.
The protesters alleged that former Chachariya police outpost in-charge Prakash Rai and constable Anil Purohit had sent thugs to Singh’s house to pressurise his kin for an out-of-court settlement.
Activist Amulya Nidhi also accused police for killing Rem Singh and told that related police officials are being protected. Meanwhile, AMUS continued a demonstration in front of Chachariya police post for the seventeenth day.
Barwani superintendent of police Siddharth Bahuguna, however, had maintained that the postmortem of Rem Singh’s body performed by the panel of doctors is fully filmed and report showed no sign of injuries on Singh’s body. “The viscera report stated that Singh died due to alcoholism. Each and every inquiry report has been shown to the deceased’s family.