Maharashtra: Debt-ridden farmer immolates self by lighting his own pyre
A 65-year-old Maharashtra based farmer committed suicide by lighting up his own pyre at his farm in Nanded. He was reportedly frustrated as he was not able to repay loans, that he had taken from banks and co-operative societies.
The deceased farmer identified as Potanna Ramalu Bolpilwad. He was apparently depressed as he had no money to repay his loans due to crop failure.
According to PTI report, “The farmer had also filled up the online form for waiver of his farm loans under a state government scheme, but his name did not figure in the list of beneficiaries.”
On Friday evening, Bolpilwad went to his farm at Turati village near Umri area, which is located 575 km from Mumbai, built a pyre in his field and set it afire, killing himself.
Noticing he did not return home, on Saturday, his son, Mahadu Bolpilwad, went to the farm looking for his father, following which the whole incident came to light, the police official told PTI.
A case of accidental death has been registered at the Umri Police Station and further probe is underway.