Unable to repay a loan and “forced to sell his land”, a farmer allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in front of the office of District Magistrate in Barabanki.
Thirty-five-year-old Asharam Gautam’s body was found hanging tied by his scarf early Sunday morning, police said. A suicide note found from his pocket has mentioned among other things his financial instability, they said.
Additional district magistrate (ADM) Prem Prakash Pal said Asharam, a resident of Haidergarh area’s Bhulbhuliya village, wrote in his suicide note that he had taken a loan and had not been able to repay. He also wrote that someone had taken his land by making him sign an agreement under the influence of alcohol.
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“He has not given the name of the bank from which he had taken the loan. We inquired with the family members but they are not in a condition to tell much. It has been confirmed that he had taken loan from a bank and also borrowed some money from the villagers,” he said.
The ADM said an inquiry is on and details of the loan will be known Monday when the banks open. “About his being made to sign an agreement under the influence of liquor, he has not written the person’s name. It is also being looked into,” he added.
Gautam’s body was first seen hanging from the tree by passers-by around 5.30 am Sunday and one of them informed the police about it.
Circle Officer, Kotwali police station, Vishal Vikram Singh confirmed that a suicide note was recovered from the farmer’s pocket in which he had mentioned his financial instability.
SDM, Haidergarh, D P Singh said Asharam’s crop had also been damaged in the recent unseasonal rain but the administration was yet to establish the cause behind the suicide.
He said Asharam owns over one hectare agricultural land and belongs to a well-to-do family. But his financial condition had taken a hit and it was found through land records that he had recently sold one bigha of his land, he added.
The SDM said that Asharam had left his village on Saturday but did not return home. His family members, including his wife and two adolescent sons, kept calling him but his phone came switched off. On Sunday morning, they came to know about his suicide from the police.
Meanwhile, District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra gave a cheque of Rs 7 lakh to the farmer’s wife as assistance from the chief minister’s discretionary fund.
The suicide comes two days after a farmer, burdened by loan that he had taken for farming and allegedly distressed over the loss of wheat crop due to unseasonal rain, killed himself by jumping from a mobile tower in Meerut as police, officials and villagers tried to dissuade him.
On April 22, a farmer from Rajasthan, Gajendra Singh, had committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in public view at a rally by AAP against the land bill where Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was present.