Potato farmer commits suicide due to fear of loss after crop ruined due to heavy rains in West Midnapore

Potato farmer commits suicide due to fear of loss after crop ruined due to heavy rains in West Midnapore

Hummingbird News Desk

MIDNAPORE, 7 DEC: A 47-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide after consuming poison in his house at Dhanjhati village of Kuanpur gram panchayat under Chandrakona police station limits in West Midnapore today.

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The family members claimed that he ended his life as he could not bear the pain of huge loss of potato cultivation which was completely ruined in the heavy rain caused by the cyclone Jawad.

Police officials said the deceased named Bholanath Bayan (47) consumed poison in his house yesterday and he was immediately admitted in the Chandrakona rural hospital. But he succumbed to his illness in the hospital this morning.

Local residents said Bholanath used to cultivate potatoes on his one bigha of land. This time, he borrowed Rs 25000 and cultivated potatoes on his land. He became frightened when he knew that a cyclonic storm may hit the district. As the cyclone weakened into deep depression and heavy rains lashed the area inundating his agricultural land. He became depressed as he worried about the huge loss of his cultivation.

It is alleged that due to this, unrest started in the family. There was an altercation between husband and wife on Monday evening. Later, he allegedly consumed poison.

A neighbor of Bholanath said, “Bholanath had planted potatoes in the ground. Meanwhile, water has accumulated in his land during the rains. This is the reason why there was a quarrel with the wife in the house. Then he ate poison. Actually, his family runs this farm. The land is very less. He doesn’t have any son. There are four girls. All of them are married. Husband and wife lived at home.”

Local BJP leaders alleged that the ruling Trinamul Congress government does not compensate the farmers when they face loss due to natural calamities. As a result, farmers are being forced to commit suicide without finding any other option. 

Tags: #FarmerCommitSuicide #Chandrakona #WestMidnapore #Jawada #HeavyRains

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