MP farmer ends life, blames private moneylenders in video

This is the thrid case of a farmer ending his life in the state within a span of less than a month.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2018 20:53 IST
Mustafa Hussain
Mustafa Hussain
Hindustan Times, Bhopal\Neemuch
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The farmer, Vinod Patidar, earlier this month written to the Prime Minister’s office seeking permission to end his life. (HT File Photo)

A debt-ridden farmer committed suicide in a Madhya Pradesh village after making a video detailing alleged harassment meted out to him by some moneylenders, police said on Saturday.

The distraught farmer had earlier written to the Prime Minister’s office seeking permission to end his life.

In his 66-second video recorded on his mobile phone, Vinod Patidar (34) was heard saying he had taken Rs 4 lakh from five moneylenders at interest rates ranging from 5% to 10%.

As he was finding difficult to repay the money, the moneylenders-- – four from his Alher village and one from nearby tehsil headquarter, Manasa – were harassing him. One of them had allegedly even taken away his tractor.

Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Ravindra Boyat said the farmer consumed poisonous substance soon after shooting the video.

When his family members saw him in a semi-conscious state, they became alarmed and rushed him to a local government hospital, but as his condition deteriorated, doctors advised the family to take him to a bigger hospital.

He died on the way to an Ahmedabad hospital.

This is the third case of a farmer taking the extreme step within a span of less than a month in the state, hit by agrarian crisis.

On December 29, Dhaniram Kushwah, a farmer from the state’s Tikamgarh district ended his life because of successive crop failures.

Another farmer, identified as Hazari, from the state’s drought hit region of Bundelkhad hanged himself on December 31 after scribbling details of his debt on a wall.

According to one estimate, over 1900 farmers and farm labourers committed suicide in the state from February 2016 to mid-February 2017.

The National Crime Records Bureau attributed the deaths to crop failure, failure to sell produce, inability to repay loans, and other non-agriculture factors such as poverty and property disputes.

The latest incident took place on January 10, but the family approached the police to lodge a case against the moneylenders after the video was discovered a couple of days ago.

An office-bearer of Patidar Samaj, Prem Patidar said facing excessive pressure from the moneylenders, Vinod had even written to the PMO about the harassment he was facing.

“He had first written to the PMO on Janaury 1, 2018 (complaint No PMOPG/2018/0000991) and getting no reply he had again written to the Prime Minister on January 4, asking permission to end his life,” Prem said.

Boyat said they have received the complaint and the video and also recorded statements of the relatives of the deceased.

“We have yet to receive the post mortem report. We will take action as per law,” the SDO (P) asserted.

First Published: Jan 13, 2018 16:27 IST