Vikkar Singh, 55, a farmer of Kheeva Khurd village, Mansa, committed suicide on Wednesday evening by jumping into a canal. The deceased is survived by wife and three married daughters. His son Satgur Singh had earlier committed suicide at the age of 17, also due to financial problems.
Vikkar Singh had 1.5 acres of land, which he had mortgaged and later took it on contract for growing cotton.
“He was under acute financial crisis. A villager saw him jumping into the canal and attempted to save him, but in vain,” said his neighbor, Labh Singh.
In Gurdaspur, farmer Lakha Singh (68) of Lukmania village committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance at his home after the distress sale of his 1509 basmati crop to a private trader. The buyer had also failed to make full payment against the purchase of around 90 quintals of his crop.
Lakha was rushed to the community health centre at Kalanaur, but he breathed his last on the way to the hospital. Satnam Singh, son of the deceased, said his father was upset over getting a low price for the produce.