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Fatal step by farmers in Madhya Pradesh continues; two more end life, toll goes up to 16

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The fatal trend of farmers’ suicide in Madhya Pradesh refuses to be stemmed. Two more farmers who were facing heavy debts killed themselves on Monday, while attempted suicide by consuming poison.

During past ten days, 16 farmers have killed themselves in MP in the aftermath of farmers’ agitation.

Among the suicides on Monday, one was in Sehore district – the home turf of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Five suicides have been reported in Sehore till now.

Shockingly, the kin of one of the deceased farmer could not get a vehicle to carry his body home after postmortem and had to carry the body in a loading auto tied to a cot.

Jeevan Singh Meena (35), a farmer from Sayar Bamora village in Kararia of Vidisha district was found hanging from a tree in his agriculture field. The owner of 8 acre land was stressed due to bank loan.

He has three daughters and had heavy debt. Also he had given his field for share-farming.

The family had to use loading auto for carrying his body. Tehsildar Santosh Batolia denied any information about it.

In another incident, Banshilal Meena (54) of village Jamonia Khurd in Doraha of Sehore hanged himself at his residence on Monday morning. The kin said that he was under stress because of Rs 9 lakh loan that he had taken. Police said that the immediate cause of suicide was not known.

Deceased’s son Manoj Meena said that his father had taken Rs 2 lakh loan to purchase seeds from a bank and owned Rs 7 lakh to moneylenders and relatives/friends. Banshilal was additionally stressed due to poor crop and lack of water in the well.

In the third incident, another farmer Murlidhar Beldar consumed pesticide in village Bedi of Handia in Harda district. He was admitted to the district hospital trauma centre in an unconscious state. Police could not record his statement.

Sravani Sarkar

Editor-in-Chief Sravani Sarkar has been a journalist for 21 years. She started her career with Lokmat Times and had later joined Indian Express. She worked with Hindustan Times for 15 yrs. An award winning journalist, she is known for her work on malnutrition and women's issues in central India.