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Farmer with marriageable daughters, Rs 15 lakh debt, Rs 2 lakh power dues commits suicide

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BHOPAL/RAISEN: Amidst raging agitation for loan waiver, a farmer in Raisen commits suicide by consuming Celphos (pesticide) tablets late on Thursday night. The 45-year-old farmer had outstanding loan of Rs 10 lakh from a private bank, Rs 5 lakh loan from local moneylenders, Rs 2 lakh worth power bill dues and is survived by three marriageable daughters, police said.

The farmer Kishanlal Meena of village Sagonia in Deonagar, about 25 km from Raisen district headquarters was ailing since last few years. Before death, Meena reportedly told his kin and accompanying villagers that he was very worried about the outstanding loan and other dues and fact that he was not able to get his daughters married.

The family members told police that Meena had taken Rs 10 lakh loan from HDFC Bank, Rs five lakh from moneylenders and could not pay electricity bills that had accumulated to Rs 2 lakh, Kotwali police station in-charge Abhay Nema said.

He consumed the pesticide tablets after which he was rushed to district hospital. However his condition worsened and he was referred to Bhopal, but succumbed on way.

On Friday, while the postmortem on Meena’s body was on, leaders of Kisan Jagriti Sangathan Irfan Jafri, Rajendra Singh, Premnarayan Lodhi and other members gathered at the district hospital and raised demand of Rs 10 lakh compensation for the family and government job for an eligible family member. District administration officials held discussions with them and assured initiation for compensation.

ANOTHER FARMER SUICIDE?

Meanwhile there was report of suicide by another farmer Bishan Singh, 42, of village Jograkhedi in Icchawar of Sehore tehsil on Friday. He reportedly had an outstanding debt of Rs 10 lakh from bank and moneylenders, though exact reason of his suicide could not be ascertained.

Sayeed Nadan

Sayeed Nadan has been a journalist for 25 years. He has covered the region, particularly, Central MP, extensively.