BHOPAL: Amid the intensifying farmers stir across Madhya Pradesh, a middle-aged farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets in Raisen district on Thursday night.
Kishan Lal Meena (45), a native of Sagonia village in Raisen district took the extreme step by consuming celphos tablets, a form of Aluminium Phosphide, a highly toxic inorganic compound, used as a fumigant and oral pesticide.
Kishan Lal Meena's family told Raisen district police that he told them he had consumed the poisonous tablets for his inability to repay mounting loans and electricity dues worth around Rs 17 lakh.
His kin told Raisen Kotwali and Devnagar police officers that Meena was under pressure to repay loans, including a bank loan of Rs 10 lakh, Rs 5 lakh to money lenders besides outstanding electricity bills worth Rs 2 lakh.
Particularly, pressure and threats by money lenders to repay the loan with heavy interest. This, coupled with not being able to get his three daughters married due to a prolonged illness pushed him to commit suicide.
Kishan Lal Meena was first rushed to Raisen district hospital, from where doctors referred him to Bhopal for life-saving treatment, but he succumbed en route.
According to Devnagar police station in-charge Ramesh Rahuvanshi, the body was handed over to the family members after autopsy was completed.
“We’re now trying to identify the private money lenders whom the family blamed for traumatising Kishan Lal over outstanding debt,” said Raghuvanshi.
Over the last 16 years, more than 20,000 farmers and agricultural labourers have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh over varied reasons.
As per data presented in the State Assembly, from February 2016 to February 2017, 1,982 farmers and labourers have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh