Seven farmers have committed suicide in the past 72 hours in the Vidarbha region with two cases reported 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 killed themselves on Monday. The others are 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, says the VJAS.

According to documentation done by the Samiti, a total of 528 farmers took their own 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, reflecting in the growing suicides.