UP farmer kills self as power company razes crops

AGRA, (India): A farmer has committed suicide in Agra after a tractor of concessionaire of the UP Power Transmission Corporation Limited destroyed his potato and wheat fields.

District administration was unable to provide financial aid, and has asked the government-owned power company to compensate the deceased’s family.

Identified as Vinod Bhaghel of Chaubepura village of Jaitpur block, married with three daughters and a son (all below the age of 11), was found hanging from a high tension electricity tower in his farm.

Speaking to Time of India, gram Pradhan of the village Kanchan Singh said, “Vinod had taken loan on his three bigha land to sow crop in his field, but on Wednesday, a tractor hired by government for installing high tension wire on towers, crushed and destroyed his standing crop which extremely disheartened him.”

“When Vinod asked to compensate for his loss, the government undertaking claimed to provide only Rs 3,000 after which on Thursday, under tremendous mental pressure he hanged himself from electricity tower in his farm field,” claimed gram, Pradhan.

Though Umashankar, sub-divisional magistrate of Bah under whose jurisdiction Jaitpur block comes, gave contrary reason for his death. He said, “The man was drunk and was under financial and family pressure. Though tractor did destroyed a part of his standing crop, but committing suicide was purely for a different reason.”

He said, “Since he has committed suicide, the government can’t grant any compensation to his family. Though we will write letter to CM, to provide financial relief to his family on humanitarian ground.” “We have also asked UP Power Transmission Corporation Limited, to compensate the family, as it was their tractor who destroyed Vinod’s crop,” he added.


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