Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Angul/Keonjhar, Oct 20:
Two more debt-ridden Odisha farmers committed suicide by consuming poison on Monday.
The deceased farmers have been identified as Bhajahari Madhei from Kolimati village near Anandpur in Keonjhar district and Sudam Biswal from Dabardhuan village under Banarpal block in Angul district.
As to reports, Bhajahari consumed pesticide on Monday after which he was rushed to sub divisional hospital in Anandpur. However, he was declared dead on arrival by the attending doctors.
Bhajari was under stress for loan burden of around Rs 1.5 lakh. He had reportedly availed loans for meeting the treatment expenses last year. Besides, he had also taken Rs 12, 000 from local lenders for agricultural purpose. When he realised that he has remote chances of repaying the loans as his crops had been destroyed due to scanty rainfall, the farmer resorted to this extreme step and attempted suicide.
In another incident, a farmer from Angul area–Sudam Biswal—too committed suicide due to loan burden. He committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Sunday.
He was admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack on Sunday. However, he breathed his last the following day.
“The paddy crops and vegetable cultivation was badly affected due to deficient rainfall. My father had availed around Rs15-20, 000 loans. Moreover, the officials of the local electricity department were threatening him to put him behind bars for not clearing the arrear bills. He succumbed to the pressure and committed suicide by consuming poison,” the son of the deceased alleged.
“He had sown paddy and cabbage seeds. But, the crops were badly damaged. Recently, the electrical JE and SDO had visited his house for recovery of outstanding bill amounting to around Rs 20-22, 000. They threatened him to send him to jail if he fails to pay the bill. He was tensed over possible police action. So, he committed suicide,” a villager said.
As per reports, the officials of power distribution company Enzen allegedly threatened Sudam Biswal to clear the bills or else they would get the properties confiscated and put him behind bars.
The debt-ridden farmer succumbed while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital yesterday.