Acting swiftly on The Hindu’s September 4 report from Nagpur which stated that seven farmers had committed suicide in 72 hours Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the State Chief Secretary, seeking his response within six weeks.

This paper has been regularly highlighting the plight of farmers in various parts of the country.

The report stated that two killed themselves on Monday, according to the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), a social group working among farmers.

Dhayneshwer Thakary of Nilapur village in Yavatmal district and Pramod Mamankar of Yevada village in Amravati were the latest victims.

The others were Manikrao Kukade of Ranegaon village and Vitthal Bhogare of Eranda in Akola district, Shyam Sahare of Ziroba in Bhandara district, Doulat Kukade of Agra in Nagpur and Chakradhar Choudhary of Mansawali in Wardha, said the VJAS.

According to documentation done by the Samiti, a total of 528 farmers took their lives in Vidarbha between January 1 and September 2 this year.

Its president Kishor Tiwari said heavy rain in the region damaged cash crops soya, paddy and cotton, driving the affected farmers to suicide.

The NHRC observed that the media report, if true, raised a serious issue of violation of human rights.

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