Malda villager`s death triggers farmer suicide row

Last Updated: Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 22:01

Malda: The unnatural death of a
villager at Gajole in Malda district triggered another row
on Sunday with the CPI(M) claiming that he was a farmer having
commited suicide due to mounting debt.

Family sources said Dayal Chandra Burman, the
villager, consumed pesticide this afternoon after failing to
pay Rs 30,000 he had taken as loan some days back.

As the news of Burman`s death spread, senior Bengal
CPI(M) leaders Shyamal Chakraborty and Md Salim went to his
native place Duhuchi and later claimed to reporters that the
deceased was a small farmer who had to commit suicide after
failing to get the proper price for his agriculture produce.

"The government is not acknowledging farmer`s suicides
also. This is unfortunate," the two leaders said.

Official sources said there was no complaint about
debt-related suicide lodged by the family and circumstances
behind the death could not be confirmed.

While the opposition and even coalition partner
Congress claimed at least 20 farmers had commited suicide in
Bengal due to mounting debt in recent months, the
administration maintained the deaths had nothing to do with
distress sale of paddy or debt.

Chief Minister Mamata banerjee earlier termed the
farmer suicide reports baseless saying those having died had
personal problems, family issues and some had even died of
disease.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 22:01

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