Farmer denied bank loan, commits suicide in Orissa

February 28th, 2009 - 7:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Feb 28 (IANS) A 35-year-old farmer committed suicide in Orissa after a bank allegedly denied him a crop loan, a newspaper report said here Saturday.
Niranjan Das, a resident of Baladuan village in the coastal district of Keonjhar, was anxious over the past few days after a local bank refused to give him a crop loan of Rs.25,000, Oriya daily Sambad reported.

Das took a loan of Rs.16,000 from a nearby central cooperative bank last year and repaid the loan on time.

Recently he also took loans of Rs.25,000 from relatives, neighbours and a landlord to raise crops with a hope that he would repay the amount after getting a loan from the bank.

He went to his field Thursday evening and did not return home. Villagers later found him lying dead in the field, the report said adding that the farmer committed suicide by consuming pesticide.

The paper has not named the bank that denied him the loan.

In a suicide note, the farmer blamed the bank officials and described how he was harassed by them.

The district headquarter of Kenojhar is about 230 km from here.

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