Another farmer kills self in Wayanad 18 suicide cases since bank recovery

first_img Next Another farmer kills self in Wayanad, 18 suicide cases since bank recovery actionWhile an official statement on the reason behind suicide is yet to be released, the farmer’s family claims Anikuttan committed suicide over pressure of unpaid loans.advertisement P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan WayanadJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 15:36 IST Anikuttan, the farmer, allegedly consumed poison and was later rushed to the hospital by his family members. (Representational Image)In yet another case of farmer’s suicide, a 55-year-old man killed himself by consuming poison in Wayanad district of Kerala.The deceased farmer has been identified as Anikuttan from Pulpally region in Wayanad district.On Tuesday, Anikuttan allegedly consumed poison and was later rushed to the hospital by his family members. Anikuttan died on Wednesday morning.While an official statement on the reason behind suicide is yet to be released, the farmer’s family claims Anikuttan committed suicide over pressure of unpaid loans.According to the farmer’s family members, Anikuttan was upset over his father’s unpaid loans. The family was unable to clear off the debt due to repeated crop failures.In May, another debt-ridden farmer from Wayanad — 53 year-old Dinesh Kumar — had ended his life by consuming poison.Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi had then written to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, seeking a probe into the suicide of Dinesh Kumar and deanding financial assistance to his family. According to Dinesh’s family, he committed suicide due to pressure of unpaid loans.On Thursday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised the issue of farm distress in the country and said farmers in his parliamentary constituency, Wayanad are committing suicide in the absence proactive government help.Rahul Gandhi said that 18 farmers have committed suicide in Wayanad after banks initiated recovery action against debt-ridden farmers. “In Wayanad alone bank notices have been served to 8,000 farmers. They are facing immediate eviction. Under the SARFAESI Act, their properties are attached against their bank loans,” Rahul Gandhi said.He also alleged that the Centre is refusing to direct the Reserve Bank of India to implement the moratorium announced by the state government.The Kerala government had earlier announced a moratorium on farm loans in the state till December 31, 2019. This would restrict the banks from initiating recovery action on unpaid dues incurred by the farmers.ALSO READ | Day after Amethi visit, Rahul Gandhi raises Wayanad farmers’ suicide in ParliamentALSO WATCH | Zero budget farming can double farmers’ income: Nirmala SitharamanFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhurylast_img

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