Debt Burden, Crop Loss Two More Farmers End Their Lives

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Bolangir; Dec.17: Farmer suicide cases continue unabated as two more fresh incidents have been reported from Odisha's Kalahandi and Bolangir districts.

The farmers allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison due to loan burden and crop loss owing to deficient rainfall in the region.

The deceased have been identified as Nalindra Rana from Gotiya village under Golamunda block in Kalahandi and Bhimraj Meher of Belpada village in Bangomunda area in Bolangir.

Rana was initially admitted to Dharamgarh health care centre in a critical condition after consuming poison on Tuesday. He was later rushed to the district headquarters hospital where he died late last night, after his condition deteriorated. As per family sources, Rana took the extreme step after suffering crop loss and debt burden.

"He had cultivated paddy on three acre. My brother had taken Rs 30,000 loan from a local money lender for agriculture purposes. He was not in a balanced state of mind due to crop loss and failure to repay the loan. We found him lying in his farmland unconscious. He had consumed poison. He was admitted to Dharamgarh hospital and later rushed to Bhawanipatna hospital where he died," Laxman Rana, the deceased farmer's brother informed.

In a separate incident, deceased farmer Meher took the drastic step in a similar style yesterday night. According to sources, the deceased had cultivated paddy on his six acres of land and had borrowed Rs 2.5 lakh from local moneylenders. After the crops were damaged, Meher feared that he would not be able to repay the loan and consumed pesticide. He was admitted to Khadial Mission Hospital where he died on Thursday morning.

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