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Two farmers commit suicide in Bundelkhand

June 18, 2014

TWO more debt- trapped farmers committed suicide in Bundelkhand in the last 24 hours. Prahlad Singh, alias Chhotku, 55, who had taken a loan of ` 2.30 lakh from Chausara branch of Allahabad Bank and ` 1.50 lakh from a local money lender for his daughter's marriage three years ago, killed himself at his house in Tendura village under Bisanda police station in Banda district of Bundelkhand on Sunday.

At the time of the incident, Prahlad was alone at home as his wife Draupadi had gone to meet her parents in Madhya Pradesh. His sons, Arvind and Balendara, work in Surat as daily wage workers.

Although Prahlad had five- acre of land, it was not of any use to him because of perennial draught and hailstorm. Govind Singh, Prahlad's elder brother, said: "While the bank was sending him notices to pay back the loan, the money lenders of the village had confiscated his land." Phulchandra Yadav, tehsildar of the area confirmed that the farmer was debttrapped and money lenders had grabbed a major portion of his land.

Another farmer of the same village, Bhagwandeen Yadav, had suffered a heart attack two months ago after witnessing destruction of his crops due to hailstorm. In another incident, Manua Prajapati, 70, of Pachnehi village under Kotwali rural police station ended his life by hanging himself on Sunday morning. He had taken a loan of ` 50,000 from Allahabad UP Gramin Bank.

His crops were destroyed in hailstorm.

Earlier, on June 13 Shivram ( 57), a debttrapped farmer in Mirgahani under Tindwari police station in Banda committed suicide in his own field. He had taken a loan of ` 50,000 from Allahabad Kshetriya Gramin Bank and had recently received a bank notice. on June 3, Kaluta Singh, a farmer of Atrarmaf village in Mahoba district of Bundelkhand died of shock after receiving a notice from Triveni Regional Rural Bank in Narora asking him to pay back ` 2.18 lakh against a loan of ` 33,000.

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Source: Mail Today (India)

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