Burdwan: A third farmer allegedly committed
suicide on Wednesday due to loan burden and crop failure at Ausgram,
the rice-bowl, of Burdwan district in West Bengal.
Thirty-two-year-old Gosai Patra, a farmer of Purbatati
village in Ausgram-I, a BPL card holder, hanged himself,
District Magistrate Omkar Singh Meena said.
He said the farmer had a loan burden and his crops had
failed because of drought in the district.
Gosai`s brother Madhusudan said he had taken Rs 30,000
from moneylenders to till half a bigha of land while 3.5 bigha
land could not be cultivated for water scarcity.
Two other farmers committed suicide in the same block in
Trinamool Congress leaders Partha Chatterjee, the Leader
of the Opposition and Sisir Adhikari, Union minister of state
for rural development, visited the families of the dead
They blamed West Bengal government for failure to provide
an alternative mode of irrigation.