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
55-year-old commits suicide, indebted farmer, demonetisation, daughter wedding, demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, found hanging, Uttar Pradesh, UP news, Indian Express The farmer’s widow, Mithilesh, said her husband was worried about the wedding. (Representational Image)

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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First Published on: November 16, 2016 3:28 am
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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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                    Manu USA
                    Nov 16, 2016 at 3:59 am
                    What u mean. You r trying to help or fire the anger?
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                      r
                      Nov 16, 2016 at 6:03 am
                      Pak or West BL ! Jump to support sickulars.
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                        r
                        Nov 16, 2016 at 6:06 am
                        Then you have to kill your party fellows who ruled for 60 years. You cannot. So have fun with your maa during night instead of instigating others.
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                          Rajesh
                          Nov 16, 2016 at 4:25 am
                          Honest people are sleeping comfortably, forever.
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                            Sheik Mohamed
                            Nov 16, 2016 at 5:32 am
                            What is use of statement of District Magistrate now when precious life of poor farmer was lost? Is words and monetary istance announcement is enough to wipe tears/sorrow of bereaved family members? Who is accountable for this drastic measures taken by Government without having any after thought about this issue and without applying mind over aftermath of demonetization affecting common men severely for no fault of his/her?
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                              sk
                              Nov 16, 2016 at 3:15 am
                              Jai ho Motiji. This is how our beloved supreme leader Motiji is getting rid of black money holders. If they are not dying from heart attack while standing in queue, they are hanging themselves. - Another Andha Bhakt
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                                Indian
                                Nov 16, 2016 at 3:11 am
                                Modi effect . Many more to come . Hope people will understand the mistake made in 2014 and correct in 2019 and elections in Punjab , Goa, UP and Gujarat
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                                  Abha Indian
                                  Nov 16, 2016 at 11:26 am
                                  Kya farak padta hai feku ko? He is the least concern about death of farmers, poors and down trodden citizen. He cares for his paridhan, Ambani and Adani like industrialist.
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                                    Ganesh
                                    Nov 16, 2016 at 6:33 am
                                    For sake of country let us bear all this till Dec 30. Then we can show our graude to our intelligent PM , for making all these happen which no other PM would have thought of venturing into
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