Two farmers, one each in Tiruvarur and Pudukottai districts, are alleged to have committed suicide by consuming pesticide, due to crop loss.
Though the police could not immediately confirm the cause of both the incidents, relatives and farmers’ representatives said they were in a depressed state for the past few days owing to debts.
Sakthivel (30), a farmer of Tiruvarur district, and employed with the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, who owns two acres of land, took a loan for his sister's marriage by pledging seven sovereigns of gold jewellery. A post-graduate, he expected the samba crop he had raised to come to his rescue for repaying the debt. As the crop withered, he is said to have consumed pesticide on Friday evening. He was admitted to Kumbakonam Government Hospital where he died on Friday night.
In another incident, K. Rangasamy (54) of Pudukottai district allegedly committed suicide by taking some pesticide at his fields on Saturday.
Rangasamy had raised samba on five acres by taking a loan of Rs. one lakh. But, due to failure of monsoon and non-availability of irrigational facility the crop withered away. With the withering of the crop, he consumed poison, it is stated.
Expressing concern over his incapacity to repay the loan, he was in a state of depression for the past few days, according to G. S. Dhanapathi, Pudukottai district chairman of Farmers Forum of India.