A farmer Bije Thapa (50) and his son Thabir Thapa (27) attempted to commit suicide by consuming pesticide due to crop failure and debt burden in Debgadtikra, a hamlet of Khandahata village, in Bargarh district on Saturday night.
They were rushed to Bargarh District Headquarters Hospital (DHH). But, Bije succumbed while Thabir is in critical condition and is undergoing treatment at Veer Surendra Sai Medical at Burla. According to sources, Bije had availed crop loan of `50,000 from Adagoan Co-operative Society besides hand loan of `50,000 for paddy cultivation. But, the crop was damaged in Phailin.
The family was under mental stress due to the loan. There was a verbal duel between the father
and the son and both consumed pesticide out of frustration.