Mumbai: A debt-ridden farmer in Maharashtra allegedly committed suicide on Friday by lighting his own pyre. Identified as Potanna Ramalu Bolpilwad, 65, the farmer is suspected to have taken his own life by building his own pyre at his farm in Nanded district and setting it afire.
As per a police official, the deceased was purportedly frustrated of not being able to repay the loans, that he had taken from banks and cooperative societies, on account of crop failure. The farmer had reportedly also tried to avail a government scheme to waive off his farm loan and for the same, had also filled up an online form but to no avail, as his name did not appear in the list of beneficiaries, the police official told news reporting agency .
Bolpilwad reportedly went to his farm situated in Turati village near Umri area, around 575 kilometres away from Mumbai, built his own pyre in the field and set it ablaze, thereby killing himself. The incident came to light when his son Mahadu Bolpilwad went to the farm the next day looking for his father after he did not return home. A case of accidental death was registered at the Umri police station and further investigation into the matter was initiated.
In a similar case, another farmer named Mashribhai Dodiya attempted to commit suicide in Gujarat just as when Chief Minister Vijay Rupani began to address a public gathering in Pransli village of Gir Somnath district. Read more about the incident below.