One more farmer commits suicide for crop failure
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 23:30
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 August.

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 farmers.

They blamed West Bengal government for failure to provide an alternative mode of irrigation.


First Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 23:30

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