Cheruthoni: Another debt-ridden farmer has committed suicide in Idukki district. The farmer has been identified as Sreekumar (Appu) of Nakkara from Chembakappara, Vathikkudi panchayat. The 59-year-old is the fifth farmer to commit suicide in the district in less than two months and third from Vathikkudi panchayat.
Sreekumar, who had consumed poison, was found near his house on Friday and taken to hospital. He passed away at 3.30pm on Saturday. He had taken loans of over Rs 17 lakh from different banks, said relatives. Loans from private lenders were also there.
Sreekumar had cultivated black pepper on four acres of land at Perinchankutti. He was upset over poor yield and crop infestation. Murikkaseri Police have started a probe.
Sreekumar is survived by wife Usha Kumari and children Anoop and Aparna.
Young debt-ridden farmer Santosh of Thanikkatukalayil from Marygiri, Thopramkudy, had committed suicide on January 2. Kunnumpurath Sahadevan,68, of Vathikkudi had taken his life on January 29 after his son received an eviction notice from a financial institution. NM Johny from Neelippuzha, Vazhathoppu was found dead after consuming poison on February 7. Raju from Anaviratty, Adimali, was found dead on February 9.
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