Farmer attempts suicide after his eviction from govt land

A farmer allegedly tried to commit suicide by consuming poison in protest against his eviction from the government land at Kabisurya Nagar in Ganjam district, police said today.

Gantayat Swain (40) of Kabisurya Nagar was admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital here as he became seriously ill after consuming the poison yesterday. 

Swain was evicted from the land belonging to government to hand over to the civic body of Kabisurya Nagar for construction of a Kalyan Mandap.

“District collector has ordered to hand over the patch of land to NAC for construction of Kalyan Mandap. We have also asked the occupant to vacate the land and he had agreed," tehsildar, Kabisurya Nagar Bibekananda Sahu, said. He was, however, unaware of the consumption of poison by Swain. “I don’t know what happened”, the tehsidar said.

Swain had allegedly encroached three acres of land and done fencing around it.

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