Seven more farmers have committed suicide in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra in last four days, according to the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), a social group working among farmers in Vidarbha.
Baliram Wagh and Shivaji Wagh of Pokhari village, Ramesh Kharat of Giroli village and Prakash Jadhav of Koregoan village in Buldhana district, Sunil Choudhari of Karanja tehsil in Washim district, Yashwant Chavhan of Sultanpur village in Amravati district and Shankar Mudalkar of Yari village in Yavatmal district have reportedly committed suicide in last four days, according to press statement issued by the VJAS.
Out of these seven farmers Baliram Wagh and Shivaji Wagh is a father–son duo. Both of them hanged themselves within a span of two hours, according to some reports.
Baliram committed suicide at around 10 am on Saturday. When his father Shivaji was informed about his son’s death he killed himself at his farm.
According Mr.Kishor Tiwari, the president of the VJAS, these farmers killed themselves after a massive pest attack ruined their crops.
“With these seven deaths, the toll of farmer’s suicide in Vidarbha has reached 59 for the month of September. As many as 565 farmers have killed themselves in the region because of the agrarian crisis since January this year” added Mr.Tiwari.
Keywords: Vidarbha farmers suicide