Najar Singh, 42, a farmer of Jhanduke village committed suicide on Sunday evening after consuming some pesticide. The victim owned 3.5 acres of land and had also taken three more acres on contract for Rs 50,000. According to sarpanch Jaswinder Kaur, Najar Singh could harvest only 40 kg of cotton from the 6.5 acres he had cultivated.
However, he was under a debt of around Rs 4-5 lakh. His family members said that the district administration had done the assessment of the damaged crop for which he was yet to receive compensation. “My father was under extreme stress due to the damaged cotton crop and was waiting for the compensation. But, he was always under stress due to the loan that forced him to take the extreme step,” said his son, who studies in Class 10. Najar Singh is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
Meanwhile, Gurpreet Singh, 28, of Mal Singh Wala village, who had attempted suicide around 10 days ago by consuming pesticide, died here on Monday after being under treatment at various hospitals. According to villagers, Gurpreet Singh owned around 6 acres of land and the recent whitefly attack had damaged almost the entire crop.
“He was facing a severe financial crisis due to damaged crop. After he consumed pesticide, he was first admitted to a local hospital. Later, he was shifted to various hospitals, but he died on today,” said one of his neighbours.