Depressed over poor soybean yield, a debt-ridden farmer committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in his field at Meen village under Ghatiya tehsil of Ujjain district, police said.
Sub-inspector RS Kushwah, investigation officer from Panibihar chowki under Ghatiya police station limit said the deceased was identified as 35-year-old Kamal, son of Laxman Mogiya and a resident of Meen village, about 31 km from Ujjain district headquarters. He added that they received information about the suicide on Monday at around 11.45 pm.
Close relatives of the deceased said Kamal was a father of two and lived with his wife, parents and a younger brother, while his two sons used to live with their maternal uncle at Badnagar.
The deceased owned about 25 bigha land and was reportedly distressed after his soybean crop were damaged by hailstorm and the total yield fell to just around 50 kg.
Police sub-inspector Kushwah said, “It is too early to say debt, less yield or depression was the reason behind his suicide as the police are yet to record the statements of the family members as they are still in trauma. The police will approach them once the situation settles down.”
Kushwah added that at the time of incident, Kamal was in his field with his wife and both children, who had returned to their native village for Navratri.
His body was found by his family members, who subsequently informed the police. The police said Kamal was not the only farmer in the area whose crop had been damaged.
Regarding the plausibility of debt being a factor, the sub-inspector said Kamal’s father Laxman Mogiya had taken out a loan to purchase a tractor in 2004 and he still had to repay about Rs 85,000. Also, just before soybean crop season, Mogiya had taken another Rs 1 lakh from village money lender Gattu Singh.
A case under Section 174 of CrPC has been registered and the matter is under investigation. The body of the deceased was handed over to the family after post-mortem.