Farmer blames MLA for his suicide

A day after a farmer committed suicide, a video clip of the last moments of the victim blaming MLA H D Revanna for his extreme step went viral on Wednesday, putting the latter in a spot of bother.

Gangadhar (55), a farmer from Hatchichowdenahalli, had stated that he decided to end his life as “JD(S) leader and MLA H D Revanna had scolded him for supporting the Congress during the recently concluded election to the Legislative Council from the local bodies constituency, though he was a staunch supporter of the regional party.”

However, Gangadhar’s son B G Mohan, in his statement to the police, gave a different version. He stated that his father had borrowed a loan of Rs 21 lakh from Khadi Gramodyog Board 30 years ago and ended his life as he was unable to repay the loan.

According to the hospital staff, they have no clue about the person who had videographed the statements of Gangadhar on his cellphone, during the latter’s last minutes. An attendant who was on duty during the incident said Gangadhar came to the hospital at 10 pm on Tuesday, saying he had consumed poison-laced liquor and pleaded with the medical staff to save his life.

Duty doctor Dr Prabhavathy provided first aid and later suggested that he be shifted to Hassan hospital. By the time the police were informed, Gangadhar had died. Visibly irked over the development, MLA Revanna blamed the Congress leaders in the district for “their involvement in tarnishing his image” for political reasons.

”I am ready for any kind of probe related to the incident. Let the government hand over the case CBI,” Revanna told media persons. He alleged that Congress candidate Sunil from Halekote ZP constituency and his friends were attempting to tarnish his image, as his (Revanna) wife Bhavani was contesting against him on a JD(S) ticket. He demanded a detailed probe into the issue.

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