Six more debt-burdened farmers commit suicide

Last Updated 16 July 2015, 19:49 IST

Six debt-burdened farmers, including a woman, committed suicide in the State in the past 24 hours. A 48-year-old farmer from Timkapur in Piriyapatna taluk of Mysuru district ended his life by consuming pesticide at his farm on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as T K Shivanna. 

His relative Kantaraju, in a complaint lodged in Piriyapatna police station, said Shivanna had taken a loan of Rs 5 lakh from the Abburu branch of SBI Bank. Unable to repay debts, Shivanna took the drastic step. He is survived by his wife Shailaja and a minor son.

A chilli farmer from Annigeri in Navalgund taluk of Dharwad district committed suicide by hanging himself on Thursday. Heavy debts and crop failure drove Dawalsab Mohammadsab Nalavadi (52) to suicide.

A woman farmer from Akkigund tanda near Lakshmeshwar in Gadag district ended her life by hanging herself from the ceiling of her house in the early hours of Thursday.

The deceased Veeravva Dhansingappa Lamani (55) had availed crop loans from a nationalised bank in Lakshmeshwar. There was no one to cultivate the two-acre dry land which is in the name of Veeravva as her husband was bedridden, while her three sons are working as daily wage labourers in Goa.

Uttara Kannada
A debt-stressed farmer from Kalli in Sirsi taluk of Uttara Kannada district ended his life by jumping into a well near his house.

It is learnt that the victim Dyavya Era Naik (65) had taken farm loans on his two-acre farm from taluk co-operative agricultural and rural development bank. The bank had served recovery notice to the farmer recently. Banavasi police have registered a case of unnatural death.

Unable to repay the debts, Gurunath (49), a farmer Naraganahalli in Mayakonda hobli of Davangere district, committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house.Mayakonda police have registered a case. 

A 55-year-old farmer from Kamanahalli in Hanagal taluk of Haveri district attempted suicide by stabbing himself with a sharp weapon.

Halappa Yellappa Hulagannavar, who was rushed to KIMS in Hubballi, is said to be in critical condition.On Thursday, the farmer, who is reeling under heavy debts, took the drastic step after a fertiliser shop owner refused to give him the pesticide on credit.

(Published 16 July 2015, 19:28 IST)

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