Debt-ridden farmer kills self in UP

The victim, forty-year-old Pramod Tewari, had taken the bank loan to purchase a tractor.
Around 22 years ago Udai Tewari, the elder brother of Pramod, had also set himself ablaze allegedly after being hounded by the bank from which he had taken a loan and had failed to repay.

Pramod had bought a tractor around three years ago with the loan taken from a public sector bank. Pramod, who owned a few acres of agricultural land, had hoped to increase the production of food grains with its help and augment his income, his son Satyendra said.
Recurring droughts in Bundelkhand, however, dashed all his hopes and he defaulted on the bank installment, he said adding that his father had to sell some of the land to make two ends meet. The bank, in the meantime, had sent several notices to Pramod and threatened to attach the land, sending the hapless farmer into deep depression.

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