A FARMER from Yavatmal district allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday. A suicide note found near the body alleged that the Modi government was responsible for him taking the extreme step, said police.
Shankar Bhaurao Chayare (55), from Rajuwadi village in Ghantanji tehsil of the district, allegedly tried to hang himself in his farm at first but didn’t succeed. He later consumed insecticide.
The suicide note stated: “Karja boja zala. Karja mazya var bharpur aahe. Mhanun mi aatmahatya karat aahe. Narendra Modi sarkar jababdar rahil (Loan burden has accumulated. The loan amount is very high. That’s why I am committing suicide. Narendra Modi government will be responsible).”
Chayare’s eldest daughter Jaishri (21), in her complaint to the police, alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the policies of the state and the Centre were responsible for the suicide. She also demanded that a case be registered against the PM.
Chayare had nine acres of non-irrigated lands, where he grew cotton, soyabean and tur. He reportedly had a loan burden of Rs 1 lakh. Besides Jaishri, he is survived by wife Alka (47), daughters Bhagyashri (19) and Dhanashri (17), and son Aakash (15).
Following the incident, activist Devanand Pawar said: “The villagers are determined not to allow the body to be taken for postmortem examination till a case is registered. A case of at least abetment to suicide can be immediately registered since the farmer has nearly named Modi to be the man, who forced him to commit suicide. Don’t the police register such offences in general in cases where the abettor’s name is mentioned in the suicide note?”
In a press note, chairman of Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swawalamban Mission — a state government organisation — Kishore Tiwari, said: “Chayare has committed suicide out of frustration and taken the name of Prime Minster Modi. It shows how deep the financial problems of the farmers in Vidarbha are. Crop failure, non-remunerative prices and administrative apathy are the reasons for the same.”