Thursday, April 7, 2016

‘MISBEHAVED’ BY BDO, COP, FARMER ENDS LIFE

‘MISBEHAVED’ BY BDO, COP, FARMER ENDS LIFE

Thursday, 07 April 2016 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Yet another distressed farmer has committed suicide in the Sate.The peasant belonging to Turekela block in Balangir district ended life because of alleged repeated misbehaviour by the local BDO and a police official.
Duryodhan Bag, a native of Dhusamunda village, drank pesticide on Tuesday evening. He was admitted to the Kantabanji health centre, but he died while under treatment.
Notably, Bag’s wife Ujali had committed suicide by consuming poison four months ago over alleged crop loss.
Following Ujali’s death, the Turekela BDO had promised to provide help of Rs10,000 and a pucca house under the Indra Awas Yojana (IAY) to Bag. The promise was made in the presence of Turekela Sub-Inspector (SI) of Police SL Bhoi.
But when Bag went to the BDO for the promised house, he only got abuse. His appeals to the police official also resulted in contempt and verbal abuse of the poor peasant.
So, distressed Bag was forced to commit suicide, his family has alleged.
Bag had grown cotton on five acre of land and paddy on two acre. He had taken loans from private moneylenders, but the crops were damaged due to rain. He and his wife were under great stress to repay the loans. Ujali consumed poison on November 1, 2015.
Irate people led by Shibaji Mohanty of the BJP staged a Rasta Roko at Kantabanji for hours which was lifted after the district Collector assured them over phone to provide the deceased’s family a house.
When contacted about the alleged harassment of officials to Duryodhan, Collector Dr M Muthukumar told this correspondent, “I can only say (about it) after an inquiry team comprising the Titilagarh Sub-Collector and Teshildar submits its report.” A fortnight ago, Nandighosh Barik of Harbhanga village under Agalpur block in this district, had committed suicide because of alleged disparaging words used by the local Sub-Collector.
 
 
 

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