Suicide bid by another farmer in Yavatmal

first_imgNagpur: A farmer tried to commit suicide by immolating himself in Yavatmal on Sunday. Shyamrao Bhopale (60), resident of Marelgoan village in Umarkhed tehsil of Yavatmal, set himself on fire at his home. He was rushed to a local hospital for treatment which referred him to Government Medical College in Nanded. district.Congress leader and head of farmers’ group the Shetkari Nyay Hakka Samiti (Committee for justice for the farmers) Dewanand Pawar, who visited Mr. Bhopale at Nanded, said he had suffered over 90 % burn injuries. injuries and chances of his survival were bleak.“I tried to immolate myself because of the debt burden. I had no option left,” Mr. Bhopale, who owns 1.5 acres, said in a video statement recorded by his relatives at the hospital.Mr. Pawar alleged Mr. Bhopale received no help from the government’s loan waiver scheme, which pushed him to take this extreme step.“Farmers in Yavatmal have killed themselves by writing names of prime minister in their suicide notes. Some farmers have set up their own funeral pyres and jumped in it. This farmer has also tried to set himself on fire but the government remains unmoved and insensitive,” Mr. Pawar told The Hindu and added that his group would organise protests in all blocks of the district over the farmers’ issue. The leader of opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil also claimed that Mr. Bhopale’s bid was a result of state government’s apathy.last_img

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