Two more farmers commit suicide

Dharmagarh/ Jharsuguda: There is no end to the farmer suicide in Odisha with two such incidents reported from Kalahandi and Jharsuguda districts, sources said on Sunday.

Sources said Bira Majhi, a farmer of Bhanrapur village under Koksara police station limits in Dharmagarh block, had grown paddy in his two-acre land this year for which he had borrowed loans. But his hope for a better harvest was lost as as he sustained heavy crop loss due to scanty rainfall.

The hapless farmer, who was under severe mental stress, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree near his house on Saturday night.

Due to acute poverty, the two sons of the deceased farmer are working as migrant labourers outside the state, family sources said.

In another incident, a farmer committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house at Badabahal village under Kolabira block in Jharsuguda district on Saturday evening.

The deceased farmer, identified as Sashi Oram, had taken some loans from Kolabira Cooperative Society.

However, he was mentally upset as the paddy crops were damaged due to scanty rainfall. Under the burden of loans, he hanged himself from ceiling of his house varandah with a towel, said the kin of the deceased.

The body, after the post mortem at the district headquarters hospital, was handed over to the family members. Till reports last came in, no official from the district administration has visited the spot for investigation.