FATEHABAD (India)–A debt-ridden famer reportedly ended his life yesterday as he was upset over damage to his crop caused by rain and hailstorm. To make matters worse, revenue officials had refused to include his field for a special girdawari.
The deceased, Suraj Bhan (45), was from Chander Kalan village in the Tohana Assembly segment. He had gone to his field on Sunday morning, but did not return. Later, his body was found hanging from a tree in his field.
Bhan married with three children owed Rs5 lakh to a bank and a like amount to an arhtiya.
His elder brother Karambir Singh said Bhan owned 4.5 acres and had taken another 4.5 acres on lease for an annual rent of Rs45,000 per acre.
He said Bhan suffered 75 per cent damage to his crop and tried hard to get his field included in the special girdawari.
Tohana tehsildar Hari Om Bishnoi, however, claimed crop loss was less than 25 per cent and, hence, Bhan did not qualify for compensation.
“Why will the Revenue Department leave out Bhan from awarding compensation when it included the names of farmers whose crops suffered more than 25 per cent damage? Bishnoi said.
Karambir said that on Saturday, he had harvested his crops on 4.5 acres and was to harvest the rest on Sunday. “The yield is not more than 6 quintals per acre. In normal times, the yield has been 22 to 24 quintals,” he said.
“He (Bhan) seemed distressed when I called him yesterday, because even kharif crop of rice had not fetched remunerative price. I told him not to lose heart, as things may improve next season. I never thought he would take such the extreme step,” the deceased’s brother said.
Bhiwani: One more farmer reportedly committed suicide yesterday over poor wheat yield following unseasonal rain and hailstorm.
The deceased, Ramesh Kumar (47), was from Dhani Biran village in Tosham block of the district.
Ran Singh, a relative of the deceased, said Ramesh was upset over low yield of wheat sown on 4 acres. He owed Rs 1.5 lakh to a bank and was concerned as to how he would he repay the loan in view of the low harvest. A majority of his field was hit by rain and hailstorm.
He said Ramesh had left home yesterday to sell off wheat at Tosham mandi and consumed poison on the way. He was taken to hospital, but was declared dead.
On April 23, Surender Singh (52) of the district’s Paju village jumped into a well as he suffered losses on account of crop damage.
Another farmer, Ravinder Kumar (42), died of heart attack following low yield yesterday. He was a native of Gudana village in the district.
He had cultivated wheat on 6 acres taken on lease at Dharawarnwas village in Tosham block.
His family told the police low yield dashed his hope of paying off his debts. He was taken to hospital, but could not be saved.
Karnal: A farmer reportedly died of shock following low production from his field on Monday. The deceased, Tejpal (45), was from Guniyana village of the district’s Nissing block. Tejpal was harvesting his field in the morning when he fell unconscious on observing less production, and black and shrunk grains. The family said Tejpal complained of uneasiness and chest pain, following which he was taken to a private hospital here. Billu Rana, an acquaintance of the deceased, said Tejpal was under debt of Rs 6 lakh. He had cultivated around 12 acres, including 6 acres on lease. Unseasonal rain dashed his hope of a good produce and pay off his debts, Rana said, adding girdawari did not cover Tejpal’s field. The family refused the post-mortem examination of the body and alleged that no one was here to listen to the plight of the farmers.
Hisar: Another farmer committed suicide by hanging himself in Ugalan village in Narnaund block of the district last night.
The deceased, Krishan Kumar, ended his life by hanging himself from a tree when he got an extremely low yield from a two-acre field during harvesting of the wheat crop by a combine harvester .
The farmer’s son, Ajit Kumar, informed the police that after harvesting the crop from four acres, he found that the yield was just about two quintals. While the combine harvester operator was busy doing his work, his father hanged himself. After the combine harvester driver spotted Krishan Kumar hanging from a tree, he informed the victim’s family and the police.
The victim’s son said they owned 17 acres and had taken another 40 acres on lease but the extensive damage to the rabi crops due to inclement weather had landed them in deep trouble.
Jitender Singh, another village farmer, told The Tribune that crops in the region comprising many villages had suffered heavy damage due to the unseasonal rain. “The major concern of farmers is how to feed their families”, he said.
Many farmers in the region allege that officials are not visiting the farms to carry out a survey. The farmers in Depal, Depal Majra, Mamanpura destroyed their crops in about 70 acres in the villages during the last two days. Bhale Ram, Jang Bahadur, Shyam, Inder Singh, Ramchander, Ram Singh, Mahender, Om Prakash, Sube Singh, Narender Malik and others said they had complained to the district authorities in writing demanding survey of the affected crops but no official had so far visited their fields.
“We have no option but to destroy the crops to prepare the land for the kharif crop”, said Om Prakash.
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