Two debt-ridden weavers, farmer commit suicide in Andhra

Published: 09th October 2012 08:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th October 2012 08:46 AM   |  A+A-

Three persons committed suicide in three separate incidents in the state unable to overcome financial crisis.

A 40-year-old handloom weaver Guruswamy of Yemmiganur in Kurnool district, resorted to extreme step on Sunday night, by consuming pesticide. Guruswamy had taken loans to the tune of Rs 1.5 lakh from money lenders.

However, with no demand for his products in the market and mounting pressure from the money lenders for repayment of  loans, the frustrated weaver consumed pesticide. The family members immediately shifted him to government hospital where he succumbed while undergoing treatment. Guruswamy is survived by wife and two children.

Meanwhile, a powerloom weaver in Sircilla in Karimnagar district also committed suicide on Sunday night. Forty-five-year-old Gorityala Murali of BY Nagari in Siricilla, who had been suffering from ill-health for quite some time, was also unable to earn two square meals a day. He was also reported to be having some small debts, which he failed to clear.

On Monday morning, Murali’s wife Shoba found her husband’s body hanging from the ceiling. Murali was also distressed with the death of his 15-year-old son, who fell in Kargil lake on Sircilla outskirts three years ago and his brother Srinivas, who met with an accident at Bejjanki, recently. He is survived by wife and daughter Soujanya. Police registered a case and revenue officials handed over Rs 5,000 to the family for funeral expenses.

In another incident a 55-year-old cotton farmer Siddam Raju in Nandigam (U) village in Adilabad district resorted to the extreme step, unable to repay the money he borrowed. Raju had taken `1.5 lakh for cultivating cotton in his five acre  land. He lost his crop due to heavy rain.


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