UP: Farmer kills self, family blames cash crunch ahead of daughter’s wedding

The family claimed that Singh’s body was found hanging from a tree on Monday hours after leaving his house to irrigate his farm on Sunday night.

Written by Ishita Mishra | Muradpur (bulandshahr) | Updated: November 17, 2016 1:56 pm
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Looming cash crunch ahead of his daughter’s wedding has allegedly pushed a 55-year-old indebted farmer to commit suicide at Muradpur village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district.

Deshraj Singh’s family claimed that he had borrowed Rs 60,000 after mortgaging his two-and-half bigha land with a moneylender for the wedding of the eldest of his seven children — five sons and two daughters — Kiran (19) on December 4. They added that he had deposited the cash in a bank on November 8 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetization of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes and limits on cash withdrawals.

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The family claimed that Singh’s body was found hanging from a tree on Monday hours after leaving his house to irrigate his farm on Sunday night. “He was depressed since he heard the news that no one would be able to withdraw beyond a limit from banks or even from ATMs,” said Deshraj’s father, Yadram Singh, as he sat near a bonfire in a corner of his two-room house.

The farmer’s widow, Mithilesh, said her husband was worried about the wedding. “Sara paisa bank me hai; aur bank me lambi line hai (the money is in a bank; there are long queues,’’ she said. “… bol rahe hain ki 20-25 hazar se zyada nikal bhi nahi skate; ab hum kya karenge (you cannot withdraw over 20-25 thousand; what would we do. She broke down and cried when Kiran hugged to comfort her.

Muradpur Pradhan Nempal said that the family had requested the police not to have Singh’s autopsy done and cremated his body on Monday. He added that the farmer was worried since Muradpur has just one bank for around 10,000 residents and no ATM. He added that the residents have to travel to Dibai town, some 15 kilometers away, to withdraw cash from an ATM.

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Bulandshahr District Magistrate Anjaneya Kumar told The Indian Express that officials were probing the reasons behind the farmer’s suicide. “The farmer never approached any authority nor tried to talk to bank officials. I have announced that people with emergencies at home like weddings or medical needs will be given preference at banks.’’

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    Tinku
    Nov 16, 2016 at 3:19 am
    Instead of killing himself, he should have tried to kill the main culprit of all the inconveniences.
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      A
      Nov 16, 2016 at 5:34 am
      As usual the sicular and paid media has startedbits ugly misinformation campaign.Every individual is allowed to withdraw up to 20000/- per week and he could have drawn the entire amount within the marriage date. I do not whether hevhas been formally councelled
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        arc
        Nov 16, 2016 at 8:13 am
        Read the messages below. Chaddis are happy and celebrating the death of the farmer by suicide. One bhakt even congratulated Modi on the achievement of reducing the potion by one.
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          dd
          Nov 16, 2016 at 5:24 am
          IE is creating panic by twisting story. This farmer doesn't have money on his acvoit or at home..
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            Sreenivasan
            Nov 16, 2016 at 9:18 am
            Did the PM told him to plan this marriage ? He should have taken permission in advance sending an application through the local Bajrang Dal. See how irresponsible are some Indians !
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              Sreenivasan
              Nov 16, 2016 at 9:22 am
              No Sir. The counselor was advising Modiji at Delhi. So, the farmer didn't know what to do. And perhaps the same counselor did advise Mr Modi to go ahead with the Rs.2000 note that will not work with the ATMs in the country.
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                jabesh
                Nov 16, 2016 at 5:37 am
                Moro n sanghi, where is money? ATM in my town shut for last four days. The gaurd says tomorrow money will arrive but it never comes.
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                  Joseph R Stephen
                  Nov 16, 2016 at 11:15 am
                  Shocking , the supreme court should order the arrest of the entire MODI cabinet.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;People elected BJP government to give good rule - NOT TO DIE
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