Odishatv Bureau

Ganjam: A farmer has committed suicide allegedly over crop loss in Kukudakhandi block of Ganjam district today. The deceased has been identified as Rajendra Bhuyan of Baulajholi village.

As Bhuyan was a sharecropper, he had not availed loan from any bank rather had borrowed a large sum of money from private lenders. He was reportedly under pressure of repaying the money after incessant rainfall damaged the crops, sources said.

Bhuyan's body was found early in the morning in his house by his family members. It is suspected that Bhuyan committed suicide by consuming pesticide as a packet was recovered near his body.

Meanwhile, Sadar police have reached the spot and the body has been sent for post mortem. Senior district administration officials said that a detailed probe will be conducted to ascertain the exact reason behind the farmer’s death.

Earlier on November 3, a farmer identified as Alaya Jena of Arendra village under Sanakhemundi block of Ganjam district had consumed poison over crop loss. He died while undergoing treatment on November 4.

Though Jena had used pesticides in his 2.5 acres land, pests had damaged the crops. Not being able to bear the loss he consumed poison, said family members.