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Crime
Crop loss drives farmer to end life
18-03-2015

BHOPAL: A middle-aged farmer committed suicide by hanging self on the outskirts of the state capital on Tuesday evening. Crop loss is believed to be a trigger for the suicide. A case was registered at Sukhi Sewania police station.

The farmer, Madan Lal Rajput, 55, who was a resident of village Mugalia Kot in Bhopal district, hanged self in his house.

Lal Singh Rajput, a resident from the same village, told TOI the man suffered major crop loss due to unseasonal rain this month even as police tried to hush up the matter. He had Rs 3.5 lakh loan against him.

“Madan Lal’s financial condition was bad. He could not pay electricity bill of Rs 22,000, which was pending for last two years,” Lal Singh said, adding “He suffered double loss.” Harvested and standing crops were destroyed, he added.

At the time of incident, his son Mallu had gone to village Gol Khedi and his wife was in fields. The man had owned 10 acres of land and was father of five daughters and a son. Three of daughters and the son are married, locals said.

Police maintained he was an alcoholic, but Lal Singh said he was never found drunk. Two spells of rain in the state in March led to a major loss to farmers in the state.