Two farmers end life

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July 05, 2015 Two more farmers committed suicide in the State.

Paramanna Madivalappa Tilagul (48) of Mudanur village of Yadgir district consumed pesticide on Friday. On noticing the incident, neighbours took him to the government hospital at Kembhavi, where he was referred to Vijayapura for further treatment. How, however, died late on Friday.

Surpur tahsildar Arun Kumar Kulkarni told The Hindu that the deceased had availed a loan of Rs. 1.18 lakh to cultivate cotton. He had also taken Rs. 6 lakh from others. As he was unable to repay the loan, he ended his life.

Manoj Jain, Deputy Commissioner, said the Assistant Commissioner of Yadgir sub-division and officials of the Agriculture Department would send a report to the government recommending compensation of Rs. 1 lakh to the victims family.

Mounting debts allegedly pushed Basavarajappa (55) from Lakkemakthenhalli village to end his life. Two years ago, Basavarajappa had taken Rs. 4 lakh to grow maize he did not get good yield. Unable to tolerate torture from moneylenders, Basavarajappa consumed poison a fortnight ago. He died on Saturday. A case has been registered. Farmer leader Ravikumar, who visited the hospital, alleged that the State government was directly responsible for the death of farmers. At least now, the government should frame policies to ensure that farmers get suitable price for their crops, he said.

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