Labour minister and local MLA Antar Singh Arya on Monday refuted claims that Bhim Singh, a 30-year-old farmer in Salwan village in Barwani district, had committed suicide over failed crops or debt, and said that he had taken the extreme step over a tiff with his wife which had prompted her to go to her parents’ house.
Arya told mediapersons that after gathering facts from villagers, he had concluded that last Friday, after a fight with Singh, his wife Khiyali Bai had left the house, following which a distressed Bhim went to his field and hanged himself in the night of October 30-31.
Singh’s family members had said that he has taken the step due to pressure from various private money lenders, advances taken from Maharashtra based farm owners, poor crop yield and prolonged illness due to kidney stones.
“In the Sendhwa sub-division, farmers have obtained satisfactory cotton and juar crops and better soybean output than other parts of the state, so there is no question of suicide due to crop failure,” said Arya.
Further, he said that according to government records, Bhim Singh owned no land and had never taken a loan from any society or bank, but police have been directed to inquire into the alleged private loans and advances said to be taken by him from people in Maharashtra and other places.
He added that top officials have surveyed all districts in the state to gather information about the condition of crops and that on November 5, a special session of the state assembly has been called to approve of the budget for compensating farmers.
Warla police station in-charge, Suresh Mahale also said that the conflict between Singh and his wife are being factored in the investigation.
On November 1, district collector Ajay Singh Gangwar visited the village to meet Singh’s family and had consoled them.