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Farmer Suicides May be Due to Personal Reasons, Says MP Home Minister

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Wednesday said the farmer suicides in the state may be due to personal reasons.

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Updated:June 14, 2017, 12:21 PM IST
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Farmer Suicides May be Due to Personal Reasons, Says MP Home Minister
Mandsaur became the epicentre of a farmers' agitation over a demand for loan waivers and better prices for their produce. (File photo)
New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Wednesday said the farmer suicides in the state may be due to personal reasons.

"If a farmer is committing suicide it is not necessary that he was into debt. There can be various reasons for a farmer to commit suicide," Singh said.

This comes on a day when Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is visiting Mandsaur to meet the families of farmers who were killed in police firing during a protest.

Ahead of CM's visit, Section 144 of CrPC has been revoked from the violent-hit region.

Mandsaur became the epicentre of a farmers' agitation over a demand for loan waivers and better prices for their produce.

During the agitation, six farmers were gunned down by the police, thereby drawing criticism from political parties. The situation forced the district officials to impose Section 144 and restricted prominent personalities from visiting the violence-hit district.

A number of political leaders, including Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, and social activists tried to visit Mandsaur but the police didn't let them enter the area.

The curfew was lifted from Mandsaur, but prohibitory orders remained.

Earlier on Sunday, Chouhan, who started an indefinite fast in June, ended his fast by consuming coconut water.

"We will make the state land use advisory service so that farmers get correct and timely information about climate change. I, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi promise that we will irrigate every land. We have decided to implement every policy with the consent of farmers," he said before ending the fast.

He further said not only in India but in the entire world, Madhya Pradesh stands at number one position in the agriculture sector.
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