Two more farmers end lives in Odisha; toll mounts to 26 in 11 days

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Balangir/Nabarangpur/Keonjhar: Farmer suicides in Odisha continue unabated with two fresh cases reported from Nabarangpur and Balangir districts on Wednesday.

The deceased have been identified as Bhaga Paika of Purunapaniguda village in Nabarangpur district and Arakhit Majhi of Ghunsara village in Balangir district.

Family sources said Paika had borrowed Rs 50,000 loan for cultivation this year. However, he was unable to repay the loan as he suffered heavy loss of crops due to scanty rainfall. Under severe mental stress, Paika took the extreme step by hanging himself from a tree.

Meanwhile, Majhi, who had consumed pesticides on Tuesday, died in Balangir hospital today.

Malatham Majhi, relative of a deceased, said, “Due to scanty rainfall, the crops were damaged. He was worried on how to take care of my family and repay loans. He committed suicide by consuming poison”.

With this, the number of farmer suicide cases in 15 districts of Odisha has gone up to 26 in the last 11 days.

Mentioned below are the names of the farmers who have committed suicide in the last 11 days.

Keonjhar: Bhajahari Madhei, Desha Dehuri, Satrughna Behera, Jaladhara Nayak, Gangadhar Behera

Bhadrak: Ramesh Rout, Baidhara Mahalik

Balangir: Parikhit Nag, Krutibas Gahira, Basudeb Bhoi, Arakhit Majhi

Ganjam: M Bidyadhar

Bargarh: Asarpi Pradhan, Pabitra Bariha

Dhenkanal: Baidhara Pradhan

Nuapada: Geyandu Majhi, Bhubaneswar Behera

Jharsuguda: Sashi Kisan

Rayagada: Sunita Sabar

Angul: Sudam Biswal

Jajpur: Debendra Mohapatra

Cuttack: Hadibandhu Mallick, Banka Bihari Rout

Balasore: Purna Chandra Behera

Sundargarh: Sachindra Bag

Nabarangpur: Bhaga Paika

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