Sugarcane farmer in Uttar Pradesh commits suicide

Lucknow, Nov 21 ( Distressed at not getting an adequate price for his produce, a debt-ridden sugarcane farmer allegedly committed suicide. The victim burnt his fields in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district and then jumped in the fire, police said Saturday.

Isbuddin (51), a resident of Asara village in Baghpat, about 400-km from Lucknow, took the extreme step Friday evening.

According to locals, Isbuddin was depressed for the last few days and had even stopped talking to his family members. In order to repay his loans, Isbuddin wanted to sell his produce for a minimum of Rs.270 per quintal.

Eyewitnesses told the police that initially after they noticed flames in Isbuddin’s fields they thought he was disposing of the unwanted produce. Later, he jumped into the fire. Isbuddin’s brother, who was present near the field tried to rescue him, but was unsuccessful.

“Isbuddin’s brother received burn injuries in the process. He is being treated in a hospital,” police inspector Parvez Khan told reporters.

The central government Friday decided to restore the earlier sugarcane pricing policy, a move welcomed by opposition parties.

The State Advisory Price (SAP) has been set between Rs.165 and Rs.170 per quintal.

Farmers, however, want Rs.280 per quintal for their produce.