Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Dhenkanal/ Kalahandi Nov 3:
Two more farmers have committed suicide, adding to the rising numbers of cultivator deaths in Odisha.
Following a similar script, both of the dead farmers ended their lives burdened by unpaid debts and troubled by crop failure due to poor rainfall.
Panaka Purti belonging to Dhenkanal district, a resident of Hatisingeda village in Kamakhyanagar was deeply disturbed by the rising debt and crop failure, hopeless he hanged himself to death yesterday night.
“He was very worried about the debt and crop failure, how will I be able to repay the loan he kept saying, and killed himself”, said the victim’s mother.
“We have provided Rs 2,000 immediately, while Red Cross society will provide Rs 10,000 to the family”, said a village official.
Meanwhile, Kunja Hansa of Baijalpur village, Golamunda block in Kalahandi district had taken a loan of Rs 50,000 from local SBI branch and had been able to repay only Rs 10,000 of the amount.
He was deeply upset by the failure of his farm produce due to poor monsoon this year. He was also very worried about the upbringing of his many children, especially three daughters. Unable to repay the loan he committed suicide by hanging.
Three more farmers had also committed suicide, yesterday, they are : Thikadar Sahu of Tungibahal in Bargarh district, Laxmidhar Bhatt of Raipada in Nayagarh district and Sankara Behera of Mahalakshmipur in Cuttack district.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government will to take out a white paper on the contentious issue of farmer suicide BJD spokesperson, Pratap Keshari Deb said today.