A debt-ridden farmer takes his own life in Nagpur; 5th suicide in Maha district this month

A debt-ridden farmer is believed to have committed suicide in Nagpur district, Maharashtra, after his crop was damaged by heavy rains, police said on Tuesday.

This is the fifth incident of farmers taking extreme measures in the district this month. On Monday, farmer Rajiv Baburao Judpe (60), a resident of Pimpaldara village in Narkhed tehsil, was found hanging from a tree with a rope at his farm, Deputy Police Inspector Manoj Choudhary told PTI. from Jalalkheda police station. The farmer owned 2.5 acres of land and had taken out a loan from a bank. He had been depressed since his crop was damaged by heavy rains, the official said citing a statement from Judpe’s son. Jalalkheda police have registered a case of accidental death, the official said. Four other farmers have also taken an extreme step due to crop failure and debt in Nagpur this month, police say.

On September 11, Ishwardas Narayandas Bangare (52) allegedly committed suicide in the village of Lohara, within the limits of Narkhed police station, due to his debt and bad harvests, police said.

On 4 September, farmer Vitthal Umarkar (62) hanged himself from a ceiling fan in his house in Ambada village, within the confines of Jalalkheda police station. He owned 2.5 acres of agricultural land and had taken out a crop loan of Rs three lakh, police said. Another debt-ridden farmer, Krishna Sakharam Sayama (36), also ended his life on the same day in Tanda village under Mauda’s tehsil. He had borrowed money from relatives who were forcing him to pay it back, police said. On September 3, Ashok Nilkanth Sarwe (35), a resident of Umri village in Saoner tehsil, took an extreme step after being upset by poor harvests for the past two years. He had also taken out an agricultural loan, police said.