Body of debt-ridden Hoshiarpur farmer found in bush

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Hoshiarpur
  • Updated: Apr 25, 2015 21:43 IST

A decomposed body of a 51-year-old farmer of Maujipur village in Garhshankar sub-division of the district was recovered from the bush near his fields on Saturday morning. The farmer, Ram Singh, was missing since April 20.

The deceased’s family claimed that he could have died of cardiac arrest since he was depressed over crop loss and outstanding debt.

According to his family members and villagers, Ram Singh had taken around Rs 2 lakh loan from a bank and a moneylender and was under pressure to repay the amount.

But unseasonal rain and thunderstorm damaged his crop. He owned around three acres of land and had taken five acres on lease, informed Jagdish Singh, the victim’s relative. “Ram Singh was a bachelor but after the demise of his elder brother 15 years ago, he had taken upon the responsibility of the latter’s family of five,” he added.

Ram Singh’s nephew Harvir Singh said his uncle feared that the rain-affected wheat produce would not fetch him a good price in the market. “On the morning of April 20, he left for the fields as usual but did not return. After searching for him, we lodged a complaint with the police,” he informed.

On Saturday, some villagers who worked in the fields next to Ram Singh’s came across a foul smell. When they ventured deep in the thick bush, they found Ram Singh's decomposed body lying there. The police reached the spot and took the body in custody. The body was later kept at the Garhshankar civil hospital mortuary.

Garhshankar station house office (SHO) Kulwinder Singh ruled out suicide bid. “We neither recovered any suicide note nor any other evidence from the spot which could point to suicide. He might have died of heart attack or snake bite,” said the SHO.

“We are awaiting the autopsy report,” he added. Senior medical officer Soma Nath Banga said since the body had decayed, the possible cause of death could not be immediately evaluated.

“We have sent the viscera and the heart for examination,” Banga said.

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