Belagavi: Yet another debt-ridden farmer ended his life as the ongoing indefinite agitation of the farmers in front of the Commissioner’s office reached its 100th day in Mavinkatti village under Marihal Police Station limits of Belagavi taluk on Thursday.
The farmer, Adrushaiah Gadagaiah Paravayyanvar, committed suicide by consuming poison at his house in the village in the morning. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter.
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangh president Kodihalli Chandrashekhar (Puttannaiah faction), who addressed the gathering of farmers at the site of their agitation in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, said the deceased farmer was burdened with an outstanding loan of about Rs. 5 lakh and was unable to repay it due to continuous losses.
Chandrashekhar alleged that these farm suicides were in fact were government-prompted murders, as both the Centre and State governments were blatantly negligent towards to the plight of growers.
A large number of farmers along with their cattle converged in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
The farmers also laid siege to the Rani Channamma Circle blocking vehicular traffic for about half-an-hour in support of their demands, mainly waiver of all crop loans, payment of sugarcane dues for the year 2013-14 and 2014-15, and the payment of sugar bills as per the Fair and Remunerative Price declared by the Centre.