A 72-year-old farmer died under mysterious circumstances on April 3 at Biseda village in Greater Noida. While suggestions have surfaced that he committed suicide because his crops were damaged due to the incessant rain, district administration officials said the cause of death was difficult to ascertain as no autopsy was conducted on the body.
Police said the farmer has been identified as Gajraj Singh. He had leased a strip of land, also known as a patta in local circles.
Gajraj’s son Rinku Singh said, “On April 3, my father said he was going out to the fields. He saw how they had been destroyed by the constant rains. Then he went to the mandir and consumed something there. When he returned home, his health deteriorated rapidly.” Rinku said Gajraj was rushed to hospital but was declared brought dead.
Senior district officials who visited the village on Sunday, however, said there was very little the administration could do to find out if it was a suicide as the body has been cremated.
“The body was sent for last rites without any case being registered and no postmortem examination conducted. Given his age, it is unclear if he died because of an illness, a heart attack, or consumed poison. However, the case is still under review and a decision will be taken in the coming days,” an official said.
Villagers confirmed that their entire crop had been ruined because of the unseasonal rains that have wreaked havoc across India. “We had planted wheat. That has all been ruined. We asked the officials, who came to the village, for help because more and more of us will be forced to take drastic measures if no compensation or financial aid is given,” a villager said.
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