Jaipur, Jun 25: A 45-year-old debt-ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming celphos in Raisinghnagar of Rajasthan's Sriganganagar district, police said Tuesday. The farmer, identified as Sohan Lal, had taken a crop loan of Rs 2.5 lakh.
He took celphos, a pesticide, on Sunday.
The body was handed over to family members after a post-mortem on Monday, Raisinghnagar police station incharge Kishan Singh said.He said Sohan Lal's neighbour gave them a suicide note that he claimed to have found at the farmer's residence.
In the suicide note, Lal has held the state government responsible for not waiving loans of farmers as promised in their election manifesto.
Singh said the claims in the suicide note were being verified and the handwriting would be matched with that of the farmer to establish its authenticity.
Meanwhile, Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal has demanded that a criminal case should be registered against the Congress for making fake promises of loan waivers in their manifesto due to which farmers are committing suicide in Rajasthan.
He also demanded booking the entire Congress committee which drafted the party manifesto announcing a complete farm waiver for farmers on charges of duping innocent farmers of the state.
Beniwal was speaking to IANS in the context of a suicide by the farmer. Sohan Lal reportedly left a farewell video and a suicide note accusing Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot of going back on their promises made to the farmers.
"They promised a complete loan waiver to farmers within 10 days of forming their government. What has happened to their promise when the government is in power?" the farmer questioned in his note.
The farmer also "apologised" to his family members in the video, saying he hoped his death will unite the village. He also requested his fellow farmers not to conduct his last rites till they get free of their debts.
Beniwal, speaking to IANS, said on May 21, another farmer Surajaram committed suicide in Hanumangarh in collectorate premises as he was heavily in debt. He too made endless wait to get the waiver as promised, but failed to get any relief. He hanged himself when bank officials threatened to get his land auctioned.Agencies
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