Debt-ridden farmer ends life in Odisha


Mayurbhanj: A farmer committed suicide in Gopabandhu Nagar area of Mayurbhanj district apparently for being unable to pay off his debts.

The farmer, identified as Natha Singh (35), was a resident of Arapata village under Khunta police station limits. He had allegedly consumed pesticide on Friday evening.

After being rushed to Barashi hospital, he was later shifted to Baripada district headquarters hospital, where the doctors declared him dead on Saturday.  When the report of his death spread across the village, locals demanded that the State Government should provide compensation to the deceased’s family.

Meanwhile, State BJP Krushak Morcha vice-president Maheswar Sahu had demanded that the State Government should provide Rs 10 lakh to the deceased’s family as compensation and Rs 20, 000 for his cremation.

Though a case has been registered by the local police, the district administration has not intervened in the matter, so far.

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