Yavatmal: Four cotton growers here committed suicide in the last three days as the local administration stopping relief aid to crisis-ridden farmers because of the code of conduct in place for coming local bodies elections, a local organisation fighting for farmers' cause alleged on Saturday.
"All the officials are busy because of the ensuing local body election and the State Election Commission has stopped relief aids for farmers which has aggravated the crisis in the cotton belt of Vidarbha," alleged Kishor Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti in a press release issued in Yavatmal.
The farmers who committed suicide were identified as Gajanan Kale of village Nandura, Mahadeo Chavan of village Khopari, Pundlik Ade of village Pathri and Narendra Thakre of village Sarfali, all from Yavatmal district.
Around 300 distressed farmers committed suicide in 2011 in Vidarbha region....more
10:59 PM, Jan 28, 2012