BENGALURU: Cases of four more farmers ending their lives over debts and crop loss surfaced on Friday.
A 33-year-old farmer hanged himself at his house in Keerthi Kuppa village near here on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Suresh Babu. According to sources, he had borrowed Rs 4.4 lakh from banks. He was unable to repay his debt as his crop failed due to lack of rains.
A 30-year-old farmer hanged himself at his house in Kalluru village near Kadabu, Gubbi taluk, on Thursday night. The victim has been identified as Bhyrava.
He is survived by his wife and a five-year-old son.
According to sources, he was cultivating 2.2 acres taken on lease from his friend Mohammed Yusuf.
The water source to Yusuf’s land was cut after his neighbours stopped releasing water as they were in distress. This resulted in the withering of vegetable crop, Bhyrava’s wife Savithramma told reporters.
He had taken a loan of about Rs 3 lakh to raise the crops, beside Rs 20,000 from a cooperative society on his grandmother’s 30 guntas. According to sources, Bhyrava was under severe pressure due to crop loss and harassment from lenders.
A 25-year-old farmer consumed poison at his residence in Tambrahalli village, H B Halli, near here on Friday.
The farmer has been identified as Maruteppa. He was immediately rushed to the government hospital in Hosapete. However, he failed to respond to the treatment and died.
According to sources, he was worried about the depleting water level in his borewell and withering of standing crops due to lack of water.
There was no clarity on the details about the loans taken by him. However, it is said that he had borrowed money from moneylenders too.
Kappannagowda, a 56-year-old debt-ridden farmer, who had consumed poison on Sunday succumbed on Friday. He hails from Salagame village in Hassan taluk.
A sugarcane grower of Jaipura, Mysuru district, attempted suicide on Thursday night after miscreants allegedly set his standing crop on three acres of land on fire.