Barely 48-hours after chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan instructed all the procurement centres in the state to procure wheat which has lost shine due to untimely rains and hailstorm as well as thin grains, a farmer allegedly killed himself while another made an attempt.
The farmer identified as Rajesh (25), a resident of Limbi village under Balwada police station limit in Khargone district, committed suicide by hanging himself in his farm while the other, a resident of Jalkuan village in Khandwa district under Piplod police station allegedly tried to commit suicide.
Balwada police station in-charge Santosh Mishra said a tractor driver from the same village found Rajesh’s body hanging from a tree.
He immediately informed the family members who subsequently took him to a nearby hospital, where doctors pronounced him brought dead.
Family members informed that Rajesh, who owned 13 acres, was in depression after losing standing crop during recent unseasonal rain and hailstorm. Last year, he sold 4 acres to repay a loan of Rs 1 lakh.
This year, he took loan of Rs 1 lakh from different sources for farming but the rains damaged his crops.
“Police have sent the body for post-mortem and registered a case under Section 174 CrPC. No suicide note has been found from the spot,” Mishra added.
At Khandwa, Piplod police station in-charge AS Badole said the farmer who attempted suicide has been identified as Lakhan Singh (60).
His elder son, Pankaj who saw his father consuming pesticide at a farm immediately rushed him to Khandwa district hospital, where doctors managed to save his life.
Doctors at the hospital said Lakhan’s condition was stable now and his life was out of danger.
Family members alleged the that farmer tried to take the extreme step after officials at Singot Society (procurement centre) on Thursday refused to procure 200 quintal wheat quoting that his crop was not fit for procurement.
Many other farmers from the same village also levelled similar allegations on the officials and threatened that they would also be compelled to take the same step if the officials refused to purchase their crop.
"My father, who is already debt ridden, failed to bear the huge lose incurred due to untimely rain and hailstorm. So he consumed pesticide and tried to commit suicide at the farm on Thursday night but thankfully we managed to save him," Pankaj said.
Pankaj added that his father owns five acres of land on the outskirts of the village. For various purposes, his father took Rs 12 lakh loan from different sources.
Another farmer Dhyan Singh narrated his grievance pertaining the anomalies at the procurement centres. “Whenever, we visit the Singot procurement centre, officials tell me to wait for few days as my crop is not fit for purchase. It’s better to incur lose than wait for long,” he said.
Bhupal Singh Mandloi, another farmer from the village, threatened that he and many more farmers from the village would follow Lakhan’s footstep if officials at the procurement centre refuse to purchase their crop.
Over the last one month, more than half-a-dozen farmers ended their lives in western parts of Madhya Pradesh
March 14: 45-year-old farmer Bansilal Gupta who hails from Barud village in Khargone district ended his life by consuming pesticide at his village. He was upset over the crop damage due to the unseasonal rain
March 16: 26-year-old Raju Bhilala, a resident of Dawar Faliya locality in Bagdi village under Nanpur police limits in Alirajpur district, committed suicide by hanging himself. He was depressed after losing his standing Rabi crop in the last month’s hailstorms
March 23: In two separate incidents, bodies of two farmers were found in Ratlam and Dhar districts on March 23. In Ratlam, 38-year-old farmer, identified as Vikram Singh Anjana, was found shot dead near Alot village under mysterious circumstances. At Makdani village under Dahi police station limit in Dhar district, the body of 50-year-old Rumal Singh was found in a well situated in an agriculture farm
March 28: Two farmers commit suicide in Khargone, Khandwa. In Khargone, Mithun Koli, 26, of Barud village, ended his life by consuming pesticide after failing to repay a loan of Rs 5 lakh, while 52-year-old Madhav Singh Chouhan of Purni village committed suicide in Khandwa
April 1: 42-year-old debt-ridden Ramshankar Kundi of Singote village in Khandwa district committed suicide. Farmer took his life after being unable to repay a loan of Rs 3.4 lakh to a bank and some money lenders of the village