A debt-ridden farmer, Jagroop Singh, 50, committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance at Saidoke village under Nihal Singh Wala subdivision, 40 km from the Moga district headquarters, on Wednesday. Another farmer under debt, Jaswinder Singh, 30, of Kheru village in Dhuri (Sangrur), ended his life by consuming a pesticide.
Jagroop is survived by wife Rajveer Kaur, a son and a daughter. Last week, farmer Gurinder Singh, 30, of Kokri Kalan under Dharamkot subdivision in Moga district had taken the extreme step due to the low yield of his wheat crop.
According to family members, Jagroop went to the fields on Wednesday morning and took poison there. Rajveer said her husband owned one-acre agricultural land and had borrowed Rs 3 lakh from banks and commission agents, but he could not return it in time.
"As a result, his agricultural land and farm implements had to be sold during the past two-and-a-half years. My husband had been under stress over the past six months," she said.
After recording the statements of the family members, the body was brought to the civil hospital, where a postmortem was conducted. Later, the body was handed over to the family. Police officials said they were investigating the matter and awaiting the autopsy report.
Nirbhay Singh Dhudike, state president of the Kirti Kisan Union, and Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, state general secretary of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), have demanded suitable compensation for the family of the deceased. "A government job should also be provided to the victim's son," the farmer leaders said.
In the Dhuri case, debt-ridden Jaswinder was upset because of the loss of his wheat crop. His standing crop on seven acres was recently burnt due to a short circuit. A bachelor, he had been looking after the two children of his elder brother, who had died recently.