Debt and drought force two other farmers to end lives

Cuttack/Jajpur/: Debt and drought have played havoc in the life of farming community as the suicide cases continue to remain unabated in the state recently. The farmers, unable to bear the burden of loan and severe crop failure, are giving up wish to live and taking the drastic step one after another in every other day.

Two fresh incidents of farmer suicide cases were reported in Cuttack and Jajpur districts on Saturday.

Hadibandhu Nayak of Kumarpur village under Gurudijhatia police station in Cuttack district, had grown paddy in his four acres of land this year for which he had borrowed loan from the bank. But as ill luck would have it, he sustained massive crop loss due to scanty rainfall.

Unable to repay the loan, Mallick had consumed pesticides on Friday. He was admitted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack in the evening by his family members in a critical condition. However, he died in the hospital on Saturday afternoon.

Similarly, Debendra Mohapatra of Khetrapal village under Dharmasala police station had consumed poison four days ago over the same reason of debt burden and crop loss. He was admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. However, after four days of treatment, doctors declared him dead.

Meanwhile, news of Debendra’s death sparked tension in Dharmasala and more than a hundred of men and women blocked Chandikhol-Paradip NH demanding compensation to the family members of the deceased farmer.

Police and Dharmasala additional tehsildar reached the spot and donated Rs 10,000 from Red Cross Fund and assured to order for a probe into the suicide of Debendra, following which the blockade was withdrawn.

Notably, two farmers killed themselves in Nuapada and Cuttack districts two days ago. Bhubaneswar Behera of Khariar in Nupada hanged himself while Banka Bihari Rout of Banki in Cuttack took the extreme step in similar manner over the same reason.