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Suryakant Jena

Kendrapara: A farmer allegedly committed suicide in Odisha, with his family claiming that he took the extreme step due to crop loss caused by the recent Titli cyclone.

The deceased has been identified as Gouranga Charan Kap, a sharecropper of Napang village.

According to sources, Gouranga had cultivated paddy in his 3-acre of land but the crops suffered severe damage during the cyclonic storm.

Gouranga was in depression since past couple of days due to the crop loss, said his brother Dhaneswar Kap, adding that he (Gouranga) allegedly drank posion and committed suicide.

“My brother had taken loans to cultivate his share of land but due to Titli cyclone, the crops were badly damaged and he was worried over repayment of loans,” he said.

Earlier in the morning today, locals found Gouranga lying near a temple in the village and rushed him to hospital; however, the doctors declared him dead.

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It seems, farmers committing sucide over crop loss and debt has become common in the State. On October 25, a farmer allegedly committed suicide in Ghambhariguda village in Koksara block of Kalahandi district by consuming poison.

Another farmer had also taken the extreme step in Madiguda village under Bhabanipatna block in Kalahandi district on August 5.

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