Unable to bear the destruction of his wheat crop by unseasonal rains and hailstorm, a farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide in Khargone district, police said on Saturday.
The farmer was identified as Bansilal Gupta, a 45-year-old resident of Barud village.
The police found a suicide note in which Gupta mentioned extreme mental stress as the reason for committing suicide. He said no one else was to be blamed for his decision.
Police said Gupta, who owned a six-acre farm, ended his life by consuming pesticide on Friday.
The farmer's brother-in-law Dinesh Gupta said Gupta and his family were dependent on agriculture and he became so deeply depressed after the recent unseasonal rains damaged his crop that he took his life.
The unseasonal rains that lashed many districts in the western part of Madhya Pradesh have raised serious concerns among farmers about damage to rabi crops, especially wheat gram and mustard.
Gupta's relatives informed police that he started vomiting after consuming the pesticide. His family rushed him to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
Assistant sub-inspector RN Mishra said the matter is being investigated. "During the preliminary investigation, we found that the reason behind his suicide is crop damage," he said.
Lightning kills two in Jhabua
Lightning killed two people in as many incidents in Jhabua district on Saturday.
In the first incident at Bhabarpada village in Jhabua district, villagers found the body of Raju Maliwada at his farm. According to reports, Maliwada and his wife Sarangi went to their farm to take stock of crop damage when he was struck by lightning.
In the second incident, a man identified only as Laxman, a resident of Devli village, died after being hit by lightning.
Laxman was going to a barber shop when the incident occurred.