Three farmers end lives

Three farmers, two of them from North Karnataka, committed suicide in the State on Monday. A physically-challenged farmer committed suicide by consuming poison at Hanchinal village in Saundatti taluk of Belagavi district.

The farmer was identified as Ashok Basappa Singarkoppa (28). His father Basappa and uncle Fakirappa together own 19 acres of land. But the details of the loans Ashok had taken are not known. Ashok committed suicide when other farmers were busy protesting in the village demanding the implementation of Kalasa-Banduri and river Mahadayi diversion projects.

Tahsildar Nagangouda Patil visited the farmer’s family and consoled them. Shivanagouda Ninganagouda Fakkiragoudra (58) of Ballur village near Navalgund in Dharwad district ended his life by consuming poison.

He owned four acre of land jointly with his three brothers. He had sown cotton and onion in his land, but the crop failed due to deficit rain. He had even staged a protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s office demanding compensation.

Fakkiragoudra is said to have borrowed Rs 1.14 lakh from a co-operative society and Rs four lakh from private persons.

Unable to repay the debts, a farmer hung himself at his house at Tenkalakoppalu village of Hunsur taluk in Mandya district.  Tygarajachar (40) had raised crops on one and a half acres of land belonging to his mother, by availing loans from private moneylenders. He took the extreme step due to the harassment by moneylenders, it is said.

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