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Debt-ridden farmer allegedly immolates self in Maharashtra

Press Trust of India  |  Yavatmal 

A 75-year-old lighted his own 'pyre' and immolated himself in district of Maharashtra, his son has alleged.

The local police have registered only a case of unnatural death and are conducting further probe.

The incident took place at Savleshwar in Umarkhed tehsil two days ago.

Madhav Shankar Rawate, the farmer, set up a pyre of fodder under a tree on his farm, lighted it and jumped into it after climbing the tree, his son G M Rawate told reporters.

Rawate's cotton crop on his four-acre farm was ruined by the pink boll-worm attack, and he could get only three quintals of the crop, the son claimed, adding that his father owed Rs 60,000 to creditors.

An at the station said the exact cause of the alleged suicide was yet to be ascertained, and for now police have registered a case of unnatural death and started investigation.

Superintendent of Police M Raj Kumar confirmed that a had died in the village, but said further probe was on.

district in region of has witnessed several suicides over the years.

A allegedly committed suicide in the district last week by consuming a poisonous chemical, apparently due to crop-loss.

The loss of cotton crop due to a pest attack was suspected to be the prime reason behind the alleged suicide of the farmer, (50), police had said.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 20:25 IST