Debt-ridden cotton farmer commits suicide in Telangana

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A 40-year-old debt hit cotton farmer couldn't survive and succumbed to his injury after two days of the struggle between life and death.

According to the local police, the cotton farmer Korapu Srinivas attempted to commit suicide after not being able to pay the debt of Rs 6 lakh. He was facing pressure from a moneylender but due to crop damage, he couldn't return the debt amount.

On Tuesday, Srinivas went to a nearby crop field where cotton stubble was burning and then he jumped into the fire .

Family members say that Srinivas was acting like an insane, he started drinking non potable water and started eating sand. From the last week, he was threatening to commit suicide.

Then the family decided to admit him to the hospital on Tuesday. While on the way to the hospital, Srinivas asked the auto driver to stop near his agricultural field and said that he wants to relieve himself.

Sub-inspector Praveen Reddy said that the farmers nearby his agricultural field were burning the cotton stubble and Srinivas jumped into the fire. His family members and others present at the nearby field rescued him immediately. But Srinivas suffered burns on his leg and stomach.

Family members rushed him to the Tandur government hospital and then he was shifted to Osmania general hospital, where he succumbed to the injury.

Reddy also informed that the police have found out that Srinivas, who has 2 acres of land borrowed money from a moneylender for farming activity and personal requirements.

The police have registered a case based on the complaint of the victim's family. The case has been registered under section 174 of CrPC for the unnatural death of the victim.

This is not the first case of cotton farmers' suicide in Telangana. Every year nearly hundreds of farmers commit suicide due to unfavorable weather and unfair remunerative price for their cotton production.

Recently, many farmers protested in front of the Peddapalli agriculture market yard , demanding the fair value of their production. Farmers alleged that the traders buy their produce at the half of real price. They said that the real rate of cotton was more than 6000 Rs/ Quintal but it has been reduced to Rs 3000 to 4500 per Quintal according to the quality.

Due to this unbiased market farmers don't even get back the labor charges invested in their cotton farming.

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