“Modi government responsible for my death”: Maharashtra farmer commits suicide

Shankar Bhaurao Chayare

A farmer in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra committed suicide and has held Narendra Modi government responsible for his death. In his suicide note, the farmer has mentioned the debt and wrote, “I am committing suicide due to the loan burden and Narendra Modi government is responsible for my suicide.”

Suicide letter of Chayare which names Narendra Modi government responsible for death

50-year-old farmer Shankar Bhaurao Chayare, a father of three daughters, swallowed pesticide in his village Rajuwadi of Ghantanji taluka, Yavatmal. According to reports, Chayare first tried to hang himself but could not succeed in doing so, then he swallowed pesticide to give up his life. Soon, he was rushed to the government medical college at Yavatmal, but doctors declared him dead at 1.30 pm on Tuesday.

Yavatmal district is infamous for most farmers suicide. In September 2017, a farmer named Prakash Mangaonkar committed suicide after writing “Modi Sarkar” and “Suicide of Debt” on two leaves which were found along his dead body.

Chayare urged state’s chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir for looking after his family member.

Following his death, villagers under alleged leadership of activist Devanand Pawar surrounded the Ghatanji Police Station and raised demand to file an FIR against Narendra Modi. The protestors refused the post-mortem of deceased Chayare until the case is registered.

Villagers surrouding Ghatanji police station.

Pawar told Indian Express, “The villagers are determined not to allow post-mortem till the offense 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 has forced him to commit suicide. Don’t the police register such offenses in general in cases where the abettor’s name is mentioned in the suicide note?”

Although the police has not registered a case, it has received a formal complaint from the daughter of the Chayare which demands action against Narendra Modi under sections of Indian Penal Code.

In his suicide note, Chayare has even asked his family members to live with peace and love. According to the local sources, Chayare owed Rs 1.40 lakh to the banks and private money lenders. Chayare was in distress after red boll-worm attacked on his cotton crop, and he was unable to get rid of the debt.

Courtesy: Two Circles



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