Debt-ridden Madhya Pradesh farmer kills himself

March 22nd, 2009 - 12:14 am ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, March 21 (IANS) Disturbed by his inability to pay back his loans, a farmer in Meharghatti village of Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district committed suicide by drinking pesticide, the police said Saturday.
Dashrath Kushwah, 58, was found lying in a field. He had drunk some poisonous substance, perhaps pesticide, Khargone Superintendent of Police Rakesh Gupta told IANS. He said Kushwah had left his home Friday, telling his relatives that he was going to the next village.

In a suicide note given by the villagers to the police, the farmer had said that he was ending his life as he was unable to repay his loans. “The deceased had also accused the state government of ‘betraying’ the farmers by not waive their loans as promised,” Gupta added.

Dashrath’s son Santosh told the police that he was unable to repay loans of Rs.200,000. Former village head Uma Shankar Kushwah said that the victim used to remain disturbed for not being able to repay the loans.

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