Two more farmers end lives today; toll mounts to 28 in 13 days

Bhubaneswar/Bhawanipatna/Angul: Cases of farmer suicide continue unabated as two ryots ended their lives on Friday in Odisha due to crop loss and unable to repay debt.

Baladeb Majhi of Gambhiraguda village in Dharmagada of Kalahandi district consumed poison yesterday night as he was frustrated with poor crops. The farmer breathed his last at the Bhawanipatna hospital where he was admitted for treatment.

Similarly, Sahadeb Dehuri of Kaithasahi village under Chhendipada police limits of Angul district consumed tablets meant for cure of malaria fever in excess quantity on Thursday night.

After knowing about Dehuri’s attempt to commit suicide, the family members took him to the Chhendipada hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Sources said Dehuri was in disturbed state of mind as paddy crop he had grown in two acres did not yield much harvest. He had taken Rs 16,000 loan from a co-operative bank for agriculture purpose.

“We have reported about 33% crop loss in the district. From preliminary investigation it seems he (Dehuri) was psychological down due to some reason and ended life,” Chhendipada Tehsildar Pratap Pritimay said.

With this, the number of farmer suicide cases in Odisha has gone up to 28 in the last 13 days.