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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Bargarh district Collector today submitted an inquiry  report to the state government on the suicide of farmer Brunda Sahu of Kalapani village in the district. However, the findings of the report based on an investigation conducted by a three-member team are yet to be established.

Earlier on Friday, Collector Khagendra Kumar Padhi along with SP Jugal Kishore Banoth visited the family members of the Brunda Sahu.

On Thursday, a three-member team of the district administration led by the Tehsildar visited both the house and the farm land of Sahu for an on-the-spot inquiry. Later, Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout had sought an inquiry report from the district Collector.

It may be mentioned here that Sahu had committed suicide by consuming poison in his farm land on Wednesday after setting his pest-infested crops on fire on the previous day. The incident has triggered political outcry and blame game in the state. Leaders of various political parties and farmers' outfits are frequently visiting the family members of the deceased farmer.

Meanwhile, the Congress blamed both the state government and Centre for the incident and demanded Rs 20 lakh compensation to the family of the deceased.

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