Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nabarangpur/Sambalpur, Nov 17:
The number of farmer suicides is rising unabated in the state with fresh reports of two more peasant deaths from Nabarangpur and Sambalpur in Odisha due to damaged crops and rising debt burden.
Farmer Labanya Jani, a native of Purunapani village under Nandahandi block, in Nabarangapur district, had committed suicide by drinking pesticide yesterday night. He was under great mental pressure due to crop loss on 3 acres of paddy plantation. He was also very worried because of Rs 30,000 loan from various sources, according to his family.
Some Congress workers have met the bereaved family, but the administration is yet to meet them.
Meanwhile, another farmer Sushil Patra of Khagatipali village under Dhanakauda block in Sambalpur district had borrowed Rs 50,000 from the local money lender for cultivation on two acres of land.
He was under great mental stress after his crops were damaged due to poor rain. He had drunk pesticide two days ago and was admitted to Burla Medical College, but could not be saved, according to reports.