Debt-ridden farmers have committed suicide in last two days in Vidarbha, according to the Vidarbha Jana Andolan Samiti (VJAS), an activist group working among the farmers of Vidarbha.

Ram Shende, 32, of  village Manoli in Ghatanji division, Sanjay Mahurle of Dorali village  and Purshottam Parsutkar, 45, of Maregaon village  in Yavatmal district have killed themselves in last two days, informed  Mr.Kishor Tiwari, the president of the VJAS.

Ram Shende hanged himself in his farm on Monday night while Sanjay Mahurle consumed pesticide. Mr.Mahurle was rushed to the Government medical college in Yavatmal, but he was declared dead on reaching the hospital.

According to some reports, Mr. Parsutkar who hanged himself at his house on Tuesday, had huge debt of a credit society and local moneylenders.

According to the VJAS, seven farmers in Vidarbha have committed suicide in first 15 days of the year 2013.

 Mr.Tiwari lamented the government for ignoring the plight of Vidarbha farmers.


When Leelabai runs the farmJuly 17, 2013