Punjab: Served notice over loan, ex-sarpanch ends lifehttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/punjab-served-notice-over-loan-ex-sarpanch-ends-life/

Punjab: Served notice over loan, ex-sarpanch ends life

Took loan four years ago, but could not repay: victim’s son

A FARMER committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in his fields in Teur village near Mullanpur Garibdas Friday. Rana Sukhpal Singh took the extreme step days after he received a notice from a bank in connection with the recovery of his debt, over Rs 3 lakh. The victim was a former sarpanch of the village.

Rana received a notice from Grameen Bank a few days ago following which he got depressed and also stop talking to his friends and family members. Rana was in his mid-40s and is survived by three sons.

Vijay Kumar, his younger brother, said the victim had taken a loan from the bank around four years ago but he cold not repay it. Rana, who owned a small chunk of land in the village, was finding it difficult to make ends meet, said Vijay.

Residents of the village said the government should give compensation to the victim’s family and write off his debt.