A farmer has allegedly committed suicide due to mental pressure caused by crop loss and debt burden in Ganjam, the home district of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

It is an irony that the suicide has occurred in the home constituency of the State Revenue Minister Surya Narayan Patra.

According to the police , the person who committed suicide was Dibakar Sethi (45) a peasant of Takarada village of Kukudakhandi block under Berhampur Sadar police station. He consumed poison on Tuesday and was admitted in MKCG medical college hospital where he died on Wednesday evening.

His post-mortem was held on Thursday.

It is alleged that he was in extreme mental stress due to the private loans he had taken for agriculture during recent kharif season.

Lack of rainfall has destroyed agricultural prospects in the district.

Crop loss

He had also incurred crop loss due to untimely rain in December 2010, said Kailash Sadangi, president of Ganjam district unit of Orissa Krushak Sabha (OKS). State Revenue Minister Mr. Patra rushed to the house of the deceased farmer on Thursday.

A delegation of the OKS would visit the village of the deceased on Friday to investigate.

Drought relilef

Ganjam district unit of the CPI (M) urged the State government to take farmer's suicide as a warning and initiate measures to alleviate dire condition of drought-hit farmers of Ganjam district.

The party is planning to take up demonstrations in the district regarding the demand at its district-level general body meeting to be held this week.

The OKS and CPI (M) activists are demanding the State government to start drought relief work in the district to check farmers' suicides especially among the share croppers which according them may increase in coming weeks.

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