A debt-ridden farmer committed suicide by hanging himself in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar and left behind a suicide note. The farmer was disturbed due to debt. The farmer took the debt from a person named Shankar Udayniya. According to the suicide note, Shankar was troubling the farmer even after paying the debt. Reportedly, the total number of farmer suicides in the Madhya Pradesh has now risen to 17 since the protests started in Mandsaur by farmers on June 6. On June 17, a 40-year-old farmer Jagdish Mori committed suicide in Dhar by consuming poison allegedly due to being under debt. On June 16, a debt-ridden farmer Kalla unable to pay off the loan of Rs. 40,000, committed suicide in Shivpuri. 55-year-old Kalla committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree.
His family did not even have money to cremate him. The villagers somehow managed to collect money for the cremation. The recent suicides, however, come in the wake of the farmers’ agitation in Mandsaur. Mandsaur became the epicentre of farmers’ agitation over a demand for loan waivers and better prices for their produce. During the agitation, six farmers were gunned down by the police, thereby drawing criticism from political parties.
The situation forced the district officials to impose Section 144 and restricted prominent personalities from visiting the violence-hit district. A number of political leaders, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and social activists, tried to visit Mandsaur but the police didn’t let them enter the area. Section 144 was later revoked ahead of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s visit to the families of the deceased farmers.