MYSURU: A farmer committed suicide by consuming poison at G B Saraguru in H D Kote taluk here. A suicide note left behind by Siddegowda (35) said that the harassment by four moneylenders forced him to take the extreme step following which police have booked a case against them and have launched a manhunt.
Siddegowda, who consumed poison in his field on Tuesday, succumbed to its effects at K R Hospital on Wednesday. Moneylenders named in his death note are Gopal, Cheluvanna and Harish, who belong to Dasanakoppal village, and Madhu from Ganigarahundi.
The wife of the deceased, Lakshmi, told Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, who visited her at K R Hospital, that the moneylenders had also taken away Siddegowda’s two-wheeler for failing to pay the interest on the loan amount. She said that her husband was beaten up by them several times and he was unable to bear the insult.
The deputy commissioner then directed SP Abhinav Khare to look into the issue. Shikha said decision on a compensation to the family would be decided once the assistant commissioner submits a report in this regard.
Khare said that all the four moneylenders are absconding, while expressing confidence that they will be arrested soon. He said they have been booked for abetting suicide and under provisions of the Money Lenders Act. He added that the amount Siddegowda took as a loan has not been ascertained yet.
Khare clarified that neither the deceased Siddegowda or any of his family member had lodged a complaint with them about harassment by the moneylenders.
Ballari: A farmer hanged himself from the ceiling of his house in Kudligi on Wednesday. B Parashurama (25) was worried as his standing maize crop had withered.
It is said that he had taken loans from a bank and moneylenders.