2 more farmers end life; OHRC seeks report

Bhubaneswar/Nuapada/Bargarh: Expressing grave concern over the number of farmers’ suicide which has gone up to five in a span of five days with the death of two farmers on Tuesday, the Odisha Human Rights Commission has directed the Odisha government to file a counter on the issue within four weeks.

The Commission has asked the secretaries of Revenue and Agriculture departments to furnish a reply within the said period.

Reports from Nuapada district said Dharamudhara Ada,a cotton farmer of Khiramala village under Boden police station limits committed suicide after consuming pesticides on his cotton field this morning.

Sources said the deceased farmer was under severe mental stress following massive crop loss.

In another incident, Magasira Majhi, a farmer of Tukula village of Bhatli block in Bargarh district, committed suicide after sustaining massive loss of paddy crops.

It may be recalled that a debt-ridden farmer, Bhakta Dharua of Ghuchepalli Dandrabahal village in Patnagarh sub division of Bolangir district, had committed suicide on October 9 after he failed to repay the loan he had borrowed from the bank.

Besides, two farmers—Sanatan Mirdha of Jharajhari village under Jujumara police station limits of Sambalpur district and Abhimanyu Baliarsingh of Brajasundarpur village of Bolagarh block in Khurda district— had committed suicide on October 10 and 11 respectively due to crop loss.