Saturday, April 6, 2013

Akalis in Goa for \'Chintan\'; at home, debt-ridden farmer ends life

MOGA: April, 07, 2013

At a time when the Shiromani Akali Dal\'s top brass has headed to the famous tourist destination Goa to hold 'Chintan Shivir', a 50-year-old debt-ridden farmer's suicide came to light in Moga on Saturday.

The farmer allegedly ended his life as he felt strained under the burden of debt amounting to Rs 7 lakh that he owed to banks and a co-operative society.

A resident of village Mandar Kalan in Dharamkot, Angrej committed suicide on Wednesday but the incident was kept secret as the body of the deceased was rushed to the cremation site and consigned to flames. The cremation was hurried at the behest of some 'leaders', it has been alleged.

President of the area unit of Bharitya Kisan Union (BKU) Balwant Singh Behramke said Angrej owned only an acre of land and was highly depressed owing to the loan he had taken to sustain his family income.

The BKU leader alleged that the last rites of the farmer were performed without informing the police in an apparent bid to hush up the matter. He added that it was done at the behest of some influential people.

The matter was brought to the notice of the District Magistrate Arshdeep Singh Thind and the police today.

Thind has ordered an enquiry into the case and at the same time questioned the apathy on the part of the people saying it was distressing and surprising to know that a farmer ended his life because of the burden of debt while everyone privy to the matter kept quiet rather than informing the authorities.
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