Suicide Note from Chhattisgarh Farmer Alleges Injustice by Tax Officer | Latest India News

Raipur Police Commissioner Ajay Yadav said the farmer allegedly consumed poison at his home in Morena village on June 12 and was found dead on Monday.

POSTED JUNE 15, 2021 11:45 AM IST

A 64-year-old farmer from Chhattisgarh committed suicide after consuming poison in Raipur district on Saturday. He left a suicide note accusing local tax authorities of injustice, resulting in encroachment on his land. A masterful investigation was ordered into the incident and the accused Patwari and Tehsildar were respectively suspended and sent on punitive assignment.

“The suicide note said her land had been encroached and that she named three people, including a tehsildar. The initial investigation revealed that he had taken out a loan from a pawnshop and was under pressure to repay it, ”said an official from the Kharora police station.

Raipur Police Commissioner Ajay Yadav said the farmer allegedly consumed poison at his home in the village of Morena on June 12 and was found dead on Monday. He added that the role of tehsildar will be investigated.

District collector Saurabh Kumar said the farmer’s death was linked to his land dispute with the village of Kotwar, a government messenger delegated to the villages.

“In May 2020, the matter was taken to the income court. In tehsildar court … the farmer was found guilty of encroaching on Kotwar land. The tehsildar issued a demarcation order last year in May itself. However, a fortnight ago, Kotwar again accused the farmer of encroachment. This time, however, no revenue official was involved, ”the collector said.

He said the deceased farmer never filed a petition for review against the tehsildar’s 2020 demarcation decision, however, the administration attached him to the district headquarters to ensure a fair investigation into the case.

“The patwari who was in charge of [the] the demarcation was suspended and the additional collector was charged with the investigation, ”Kumar added.

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