Three more farmers commit suicide in Odisha

Kendrapara/Jharsuguda/Subarnapur: Massive crop loss coupled with loan burden resulted in the death of three more farmers who committed suicide in Odisha on Saturday.

In the first incident, Arabinda Ray of Jigarana Refugee Colony of Pattamundai block in Kendrapara district committed suicide on Saturday after consuming pesticides.

Family sources said Ray had burrowed loan to take up cultivation of paddy in his land this year. Though the cropping was initially good, it was badly damaged later due to scanty rainfall.

Unable to sustain the pressure of crop loss and load burden, Ray took the extreme step.

Reports from Jharsuguda district said Bibekananda Kharsel, a farmer of Gudigan village under Kolabira block in Jharsuguda district committed suicide by consuming pesticides due to crop loss and debt burden.

The body of the farmer was found lying beside a road near a temple on the outskirt of the village in the morning.

Family sources said Kharsel had burrowed loan from the bank to take up paddy cultivation in his five acres of land this year. But to his bad luck, he sustained heavy crop loss due to scanty rainfall. Unable to repay the bank loan and finding no other way to run his family, the hapless farmer committed suicide.

In Subarnapur district, a farmer of Kayapadar village, Sankhapani Nag, died after consuming pesticides.

The deceased had taken up paddy cultivation in his five acres of land this year after burrowing loans from the local moneylenders. But later, he sustained crop loss due to scanty rainfall.

The dejected farmer, unable to repay the loans, later committed suicide.

Following information, a team of district officials led by deputy collector SN Das, rushed to the spot for an on-the-spot investigation.