Another debt-ridden farmer ends life

Bhubaneswar: A peasant on Monday committed suicide allegedly due to crop failure and heavy burden of debts.

Laxmidhar Bhatt who was undergoing treatment at the SCB medical college and hospital in Cuttack for consuming poison breathed his last today morning.

Bhatt, a farmer of Raipada village in Nayagarh district was admitted in the hospital on October 28.

Sources said he was under severe mental pressure for crop loss.

On Thursday Odisha government admitted that 41 farmers committed suicide in the State since September, but declined to recognise crop failure as trigger for suicides.

While 41 farmers, according to government reports, committed suicide, unofficial estimate put the suicide toll beyond 50.

Highest numbers of farmers have ended their lives in Bargarh, an agriculturally-rich district. As many as 15 farmers have so far taken extreme steps in the district due to apparent crop failure. Neighbouring Bolangir district follows with four deaths while other two neighbouring districts Sambalpur and Nuapada, all in western region, have accounted three suicides each.