Probe initiated after farmer commits suicide in Odisha

21 Mar 2017

An investigation has been launched after a 70-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison due to crop failure and debt burden at Nuagaon in Ganjam district.
The victim, Brundaban Swain, who committed suicide on Sunday was initially admitted to Aska hospital and then shifted to MKCG medical college and hospital here, but he died during treatment, officials said. "A joint investigation was on Monday launched by police, tehsildar, block development officer (BDO), cooperative and agriculture officials," sub-collector of Bhanjanagar Laxmi Kanta Sethi said. "Swain had cultivated different crops including sugarcane in the farm. He allegedly did not get the cost of the sugarcane he had supplied to a cooperative sugar industry," official sources said.
"The victim has two sons but they could not spell out the reason behind the cause of his suicide," Inspector in-charge of Aska police station Baleswar Gidhi said. "It was third such incident of an alleged suicide by a farmer in the last 10 days in Ganjam district," officials said. Earlier, T Bulu Reddy (40) of Chikarada village under Rangeilunda block and Manoranjan Sahu (58) of Masabadi village had committed suicide due to unknown reasons, officials added. However, the Odisha Assembly witnessed uproar for the sixth consecutive day today over farmers' issues forcing Speaker Niranjan Pujari to adjourn the House twice till 3 pm.
While the question hour was washed away due to ruckus created by both Congress and BJP members demanding formation of a House Committee to probe the suicides of farmers, the House could not function later as opposition MLAs created commotion on enhancement of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy. As soon as the House assembled for the question hour, Congress and BJP members rushed to the well and wanted the Speaker to announce setting up a House Committee to probe the suicide cases of farmers. They said that the people had no faith in the administrative inquiry and they wanted that the MLAs enquired into the sensitive matter.
They also shouted anti-government slogans. Unable to run the House, Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned it for an hour till 11.30 am. After the House reassembled, the House again witnessed uproar as Congress and BJP members demanded increase in MSP of paddy to Rs 2,800 per quintal against the existing price of Rs 1450 per quintal. Following the uproar, the Speaker adjourned the House till 3 pm.