Maharashtra: Farmer consumes poison, blames Modi government for suicide

Yavatmal, Maharashtra: A 50-year-old farmer committed suicide by drinking poison in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district on Tuesday. He left a suicide note alleging Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government as a reason for the extreme step.

Shankar Bhaurao Chayre, a native of Rajurwadi village, was suffering from agricultural distress. Meanwhile, his family denied taking his dead body for last rites, putting a condition that PM Modi should visit them or they should be provided with a compensation by the state government, reported NDTV.

Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission (SNSSM) President Kishore Tiwari announced he will visit the farmer’s family on Wednesday morning. “We shall provide an immediate relief of Rs 100,000 to the family. Chayre leaves behind his wife, their three daughters (including one married) and a son. We have decided to adopt them by providing them full education, or if they are already qualified, with gainful employment to help the family survive,” Tiwari told IANS.

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Chayre had reportedly tried to hang himself on Tuesday morning on his farmland from a tree. However, he remained unsuccessful and later consumed poison on the same day. It is when some locals rushed him to a hospital. He was then referred to Yavatmal town due to his critical condition, where doctor declared him dead.

In his handwritten suicide note recovered by police, the farmer narrated how his continuous requests seeking help from various officials in the government, including MPs, MLAs, state ministers were ignored. “I have a large debt burden, So I am committing suicide. The Narendra Modi government is responsible,” the suicide note read.

Chayre had availed a loan of Rs 90,000 from a local cooperative society and Rs 300,000 from a private party for his nine-acre farm on which he had grown cotton. But due to bollworm infection, his crop was destroyed and he was left with a loan crisis, he wrote.