Debt-ridden, farmer commits suicide in Patiala village

  • Harinder Singh Khaira, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 11, 2016 14:15 IST
Two years back, he had lost one of his legs in an accident on the harvesting machine. He was also struggling for the treatment of his blind wife. (Livemint photo)

Despite repaying all his loans after selling his entire agricultural land, a farmer under stress committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling fan at his house at Tulewal village, 25 kilometres from here, on Monday night.

The deceased, Samsher Singh alias Kala (43), owned three acres of land, which he shared with his younger brother. Kala had incurred around Rs 12 lakh debt from several banks. Due to the limited income from his land, he also worked as a harvesting combine driver. However, two years back, he had lost one of his legs in an accident on the harvesting machine. He was also struggling for the treatment of his blind wife.

He sold his entire piece of land to repay the loans, which he had taken from several banks and other financial bodies.

In his statement to police, Bhag Singh, father of the deceased, said after the dinner on Monday night, Samsher went to his room and when in the morning his niece went to call him for tea, she found him hanging with the ceiling fan.

He added that the deceased had left his wife to her parents’ house, as he had gone on a harvester as a driver. The deceased did not have any child.

The villagers informed that though he had sold his land to repay the loans, he was under stress due to the financial problems in his family. “After selling his whole property to repay the loan, he went under stress. He used to say that he had sold his mother (land) and from where he would get grains for his family,” said one of the villagers.

It is learnt that it was the seventh suicide by a farmer in Samana-Patran area in the recent times.

Meanwhile, a case was registered at Sadar police station of Samana town and a postmortem was conducted at the Samana civil hospital.

Investigating officer (IO) Labh Singh said the body was handed over to the family members for his last rites.

‘Write off loans of farmers’

The members of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) (Dakuanda) urged the government to write off the loans of farmers to save the agriculture and farming community in the state.

BKU leader Sukhwinder Singh Tulewal said it was not the first incident which took place due to the agriculture debt, as these types of incidents were becoming headlines of newspapers on daily basis.

“This is the worst time for farmers as the input costs are going upwards and the output is declining day-by-day,” he added.

He said if the government wanted to save the farmers, it would be better to write off their loans and generate profitable options for them.

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