Farmer commits suicide at Nagpur's assembly campus
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Farmer commits suicide at Nagpur's assembly campus

In the wake of rising farmer suicides, doubts are being cast over the PM's package for Vidarbha, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2006 14:27 IST

In an apparent bid to highlight farmers' plight in the region, a villager allegedly hanged himself at the Assembly campus in Nagpur on Monday.

The identity of the torn and shabby dhoti-kurta wearing victim has not been established immediately but he appears to be a farmer.

Incidentally, the state capital was to be shifted to Nagpur next month on the eve of winter session of the state Assembly, beginning in Nagpur from December 5.

The body of the victim was sent to the government medical college and hospital for an autopsy. Several leaders of farmers' organisations reached the hospital to enquire the details of the deceased.

Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, who had been to the medical college and hospital to take a first hand information on the issue, asserted that the victim might be a farmer and instead of ending his life at the village, he preferred to commit suicide at the Assembly campus to highlight the issue.

Meanwhile, with the death of a farmer at Assembly campus here on Monday, 10 more farmers have ended their lives in the region in the last 48 hours and the death toll has touched to 966 since June last year.

The latest to join the ending list of suicide victims are: Manohar Taywade of Wagholi, Manohar Lichad, Kadgawan, Ramdas Saksule of Mauli (all in Amravati district), Madan Sanap, Kandhari, Raju Tulshiram Khandare of Pimpalgaon (both Buldhana), Madhukar Neware of Khairgaon, Bhagwati Rathode, Bramhanwada, Pandurang Giradkar of Narsapur, Bhimbai Gaikwad of Pimpalkheda (all in Yavatmal) and an unknown person at Nagpur on Monday.

As many as 36 farmers have committed suicide since October 1, while the suicide toll in the month of September was all-time high at 125. In July and August, 91 and 111 farmers had ended their lives, respectively.

Incidentally, it was on July 1 that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh concluded his two-day Vidarbha tour and announced an economic package for the six suicide-prone districts in the region. But since then, as many as 357 farmers have ended their lives, raising serious doubts on the effectiveness and implementation of the relief package.

First Published: Oct 16, 2006 14:27 IST