A tribal farmer, allegedly burdened by debt after rains damaged his kharif crop, committed suicide by jumping into a well in a village in Alirajpur district on Monday night.
The farmer suicide is alarming for the administration and the government as it was the third suicide in western Madhya Pradesh in the past one week.
On Monday night, Ram Singh, a resident of Indar Singh Ki Chauki village, jumped into a well located on the outskirts of his village.
As per the dead farmer’s wife, Misri Bai, her husband was in tension after the loss of the Kharif crop as he had taken some loans from a cooperative society and from other sources.
Meanwhile, Alirajpur collector Sanjay Verma while talking to HT said, “As per primary investigation it is not a case of farmer suicide due to loss of crop. We will investigate the matter further, as of now, we have not come across any evidence of debt or anyone harassing the family for money.”
On Sunday night, a debt-ridden farmer committed suicide after facing damage of his crop due to excessive rains in Dhar.
Lalu, a resident of Pitgara village, had taken loan from money lenders for his daughter’s marriage, and after losing his crops he was depressed.
Similarly, on September 30, a farmer of Barkehdi village of Dewas district committed suicide after excessive rain which had damaged his tomato and soybean crop.
As per the information, Bhaiya Raju Adivasi (35), had taken a loan of `6 lakh and was shattered over his damaged crops and took the extreme step.
As per Badrilal, the brother of the deceased farmer, the family had sold 5 bighas last year to pay off the loan but this year the loss was not bearable.
Two deaths in Sehore
Two farmers in Sehore district died allegedly of shock in the past 48 hours after they learnt of the extent of damage to their crops.
According to sources, Vijendra Singh, 35, a resident of Umarkhal village under Ichchawar tehsil, died of cardiac arrest after his farm yielded only two quintal of soybean.
He was said to be under a debt of Rs 8 lakh. Post-mortem report confirmed death due to cardiac arrest.
In a similar incident at Brijishnagar village, also under Ichchawar tehsil, Mangilal, 55, died of brain haemorhage after witnessing extremely low yield of soyabean on Monday.
Another farmer from Ichchawar, Baldev Singh had died a few days ago over failed crops. Local MLA, Shailendra Patel said that the death of three farmers in 10 days over failed crops was a matter of grave concern.