Farmers Suicides: Debt claims 3 more lives

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Chandigarh: As per media reports three debt-ridden farmers of Punjab ended their lives in the past 24 hours. Santokh Singh jumped in front of a train near the railway station of Jaspalon village on Sunday.

Santokh Singh of Doraha, Darshan Singh of Sahnewal.

Santokh Singh (70) of Barmalipur village in Doraha, District Ludhiana committed suicide as he was under debt for the past several years.

He had seven acres and had to sell it in parts to cope with the family responsibilities, including the marriage of his four children. Now, he was left with just half an acre and a debt of Rs 40,000 was weighing on his mind.

In another case, Darshan Singh (70) of Begowal village in Sahnewal committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on Saturday night.

His body was found on the Chandigarh railway line between Sahnewal and Lull Kalan railway station on Sunday morning. He was said to be under depression for many reasons, including debt.

Some villagers, however, affirmed that the farmer had taken land on contract basis and was under debt.

In yet another case, a debt-ridden farmer, Jaswant Singh (45), ended his life by consuming poison at his native village of Madhepur in Gurdaspur on Sunday.

Jaswant Singh’s kin said he was under a debt of Rs 7.5 lakh that he had taken from nationalised banks and commission agents.

He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. His cremation will take place on Monday.

 

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