Two debt-ridden farmers committed suicide on Friday in this district. Darshan Singh (62) jumped into a river, while Ram Singh (40) of Dhuri hanged himself from the iron frame of the ceiling at home.
The former was disturbed because of the untimely death of his twin sons a few years ago and the huge outstanding loan. Darshan Singh’s first cousin Gurmail Singh said that the farmer had borrowed Rs 12 lakh for the wedding of his daughter. He tilled 7 acres and crop failure had worsened his financial situation. A few days ago, he had walked out of home, and on Friday his family fished his body from a river near Bugra village in the district.
Ram Singh’s suicide is also blamed on debt, though no one from the family could be contacted. Villagers claim that the farmer had Rs 10 lakh to repay and that when he committed suicide, his wife and son were at home.
A few hours after he went into a room, they opened the door and found him dead. Agricultural trade union leader Joginder Singh said the state government should write-off the loans of farmers to stop this wave of suicide. “Each affected family should get a government job for a member along with Rs 5 lakh as compensation,” he added.