Sugarcane farmer commits suicide in UP

Last Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 15:14

Lakhimpur Kheri: A sugarcane farmer of Pakaria village here has allegedly committed suicide, officials said Thursday.

Chhotey Lal (50) hanged himself in the village under Neemgaon police station area on Tuesday night, they said.

While his brother Chiraunji stated family dispute as the cause behind Lal`s suicide, Opposition parties alleged that he took the extreme step due to the ongoing sugarcane crisis.

Additional District Magistrate Vidya Shankar Singh who carried out the preliminary probe into the farmer`s death said the deceased had no pending loans to any bank.

"No cane dues of the deceased farmer were pending nor did he have any loan of any bank or society," he said.

District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal also said as per records the farmer owed no loan or cane dues to any bank.
District cane officer J C Yadav said, "the price of the cane supplied by the deceased farmer had been transferred to his account in January 2012 and in April 2013."

However, Opposition parties attributed the farmer`s death to the ongoing sugarcane crisis and alleged that UP government`s cane policy is responsible for farmers` deaths in UP.

On Nov 28, fed up of heavy debts and prolonged illness, a sugarcane farmer Satyapal Singh (40) has hanged himself to death in Bastauli village here.

First Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 15:14
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