Distressed by crop damage due to the recent unseasonal rain, a 42-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide at Surapur village in Nawanshahr district Wednesday.
In a suicide note, farmer Narinderjit Singh has stated that he had lost five crops in a row and hence could not bear the burden anymore. “I waited for a good season one after another but things didn’t turn out for me. I have no money to pay my contract,” it reads.
Narinderjit had five acres of land but had taken 35 acres on contract. Villagers said he lost potato crop on 34 fields during the heavy rain in February and March.
Narinderjit’s suicide note also appeals to the Punjab government, PM Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to visit farmers. “The government wants farmers to bring in diversification of crop, but how can farmers do it alone,” the note reads.