PARLAKHEMUNDI: A farmer of Namangada village under Gumma block of Gajapati district allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his house on Saturday evening. The deceased is Chakradhara Paik (22) and he took the extreme step when he was alone in the house.
Paik’s crops were damaged and he was under pressure to repay a loan of `50,000 that he had borrowed from money lenders of Jeeva and Ajayagada villages under the same block. He is survived by his wife and their three-month-old baby girl.
His family members said, Paik was not in a balanced state of mind due to crop loss and debt burden. Paik along with his father Niranjan used to cultivate four acres of land in the village. His two younger brothers have migrated to Chennai to work as daily labourers.
Over the last three years, the father and son were facing loss as their crops were damaged in Phailin, Hud Hud and this year due to deficit rainfall.
SP Satyajit Nayak said though the reason for the suicide is not known yet, investigation is on to find out the details. Preliminary probe shows Paik was under mental turmoil, he added.
Parlakhemundi Sub-Collector, Anam Charan Patra said the Tehsildar and Revenue Inspector have been directed to give a detailed report on the suicide.
He informed that investigation revealed that a patch of land that Paik was cultivating was actually the ‘Anabadi’ land of State Government and the family did not have any agriculture land of their own as per the tehsil records.