After father and brother, 32-yr-old farmer too kills self over debt; lenders booked
In November last, his father Gurlabh Singh, 55, committed suicide during a protest outside a police station in Patiala, while his elder brother, Gurpreet Singh, had killed himself with poison in 2011.punjab Updated: Aug 04, 2017 22:02 IST
A day after 32-year-old farmer Davinder Singh of Charanthal village hanged himself, the local police booked three moneylenders on charges of abetment to suicide on Friday. The accused — Harjit Singh, Jaspal Singh and Phushpinder Singh of Patiala — are brothers, and had allegedly been harassing the family for not repaying Rs 4 lakh.
Davinder is the third member of the family who has committed suicide. In November last, his father Gurlabh Singh, 55, committed suicide during a protest outside a police station in Patiala, while his elder brother, Gurpreet Singh, had killed himself with poison in 2011.
Investigation officer Shamsher Singh said the case under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC has been registered against the trio, though no arrest has been made so far.
He said the family claimed they had taken the loan of Rs 4 lakh in 2003 from Harjit, who started pressuring the family to pay back Rs 25 lakh after adding the interest in 2008.
Then, the accused trio sold four acres of the family’s land for Rs 68 lakh and promised to buy them 10 acres in Mansa district, after adjusting their interest amount, the family alleged. “The accused allegedly committed fraud and failed to pay the family their dues,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira, leader of opposition in the state assembly, visited the family on Friday morning and demanded strict action against the accused commission agents.
“It is very unfortunate that three male members of the family committed suicide one by one. The state government has completely failed in taking serious note of increasing cases of farmer suicides. Even its poll promise of debt waiver is turning out to be a hoax,” Khaira said.
Harjit booked for the second time in a year
The main accused in the case, Harjit Singh, has been booked under the same section for the second time in past one year. After Davinder’s father consumed poison outside Tripari police in Patiala in December last, the police booked Harjit along with seven others on the charges of abetment of suicide and section 420 (cheating) of the IPC.
He is on bail in that case.