The woeful saga of desperate farmers continues as two more debt ridden farmers have committed suicide here on Thursday night. Just last month, two farmers from Ralla village had committed suicide after they failed to get compensation for their wheat crops which got gutted in fire.
Mohinder Singh (49) of Dyalpura village had a debt of about Rs 4 lakh, which he had taken about a year ago for his treatment at PGI Chandigarh. He and his two brothers shared about one acre of land. On Thursday night, he consumed pesticide and slept on his field. The family found him dead the next morning.
“He was under extreme stress as he had to repay the loan which he had taken from a local money lender. He got another shock recently when 11 of his goats died due to some disease,” said his relative. He was the youngest of the four brothers and was mostly dependent on cattle farming.
Another farmer Lal Singh (62) of Kishangarh village in Bareta ended his life after jumping into the canal on Thursday night. According to his family, Lal Singh had a debt of about Rs 5 lakh.
“My father owned about 2.5 acres of land, but he remained under stress due to the bank loans which were to be cleared. Though there was no such intimation from banks, nor we had ever been blacklisted for the same,” said his elder son Jagtar Singh.
Miffed over an argument with his wife, Lal Singh got drunk and left for the fields on Thursday evening. It was only after a few hours that both his sons started searching him and found his turban and slippers near the canal.
The police have registered cases in both the incidents.
In the wake of suicides by debt-ridden farmers, Bhartiya Kisan Union members had been protesting in Bathinda for over 34 days. Among their many demands, they want waiver of debt-ridden farmers and farm labourers, survey of farm suicides from 1990 onwards and Rs 5 lakh each to families of suicide victims.
According to BKU leaders, in Mansa over 100 cases of farmer suicides have been reported since April 2013.