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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: There seems to be no end to the sufferings of the peasant community as two farmer deaths were reported from Nuapada and Bargarh districts here on Tuesday.

Makardhwaj Behera, a farmer from Lanji village under Khariar block committed suicide by hanging himself after his standing crops in nearly five acres of land were destroyed for which he was in mental duress for the past couple of weeks, the family members alleged.

Makardwaj's death sparked off resentment with locals staging road blockade demanding compensation of Rs 20 lakh and a house for the family. The road blockade was lifted after district administration provided an assistance of Rs 10,000 from the district Red Cross Fund.

In another incident, Bargarh farmer Govind Acharya committed suicide by consuming poison yesterday allegedly over crop loss due to pests. Acharya was initially rushed to Bargarh and later shifted to Burla where he died today morning.

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