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Debt-ridden farmer, labourer end lives in Mansa

 A farmer and a labourer, allegedly under debt, committed suicide here on Sunday. Nachattar Singh, 50, a farmer of Bajewala village here, ended his life by hanging himself from a tree in his field on Saturday evening.

punjab Updated: Feb 20, 2017 15:38 IST
HT Correspondent

 A farmer and a labourer, allegedly under debt, committed suicide here on Sunday. Nachattar Singh, 50, a farmer of Bajewala village here, ended his life by hanging himself from a tree in his field on Saturday evening.

Nachattar owned around five acres of land and was reeling under a debt of around Rs 12 lakh taken from moneylenders and financial institutions. His son Jagjeet Singh said that Nachattar used to stay in the fields to guard his crop from stray cattle and hung himself on Saturday night. “He was under extreme stress due to the debt. When I went to serve him tea in the morning, I found him hanging from a tree. He was dead and later we informed the police." An FIR under Section 174 (inquest proceedings) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) was lodged at the nearest police station. The victim is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.

In the second case, Hansa Singh, a farm labourer of Ranghriyal village, ended his life after consuming some poison as he failed to repay the loan taken for one of his daughter’s marriage, which took place recently. He had fixed his son’s marriage on February 27. He was under stress and consumed poison and ended his life. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

 Families of suicide victims still await compensation

The state government had announced that the families of suicide victims should be given compensation on the day the incident is reported to the authorities.

After having failed to implement this, a district-level committee was constituted to verify the genuine cases which were to be given compensation. As per the official records, around 413 cases of farmer suicides were reported from the district till December last year. Out of these, 59 cases were approved for compensation, 69 are still pending and 290 cases were rejected by the authorities.

Many families, that were denied compensation, alleged that they didn’t inform the cops about the suicide due to which their cases were rejected. Meanwhile, a farmer union in the region has demanded compensation and a government job for the victim’s kin who committed suicide.