A 60 year old farmer in Thanjavur district committed suicide by consuming pesticide. He is identified as Sundarraj of Cholahankudikadu village near Orathanadu. According to the sources he had grown 400 coconut trees on a five acre land. Cyclone Gaja that made lanfall on November 16th damaged several lakhs of coconut trees in delta districts. Sundarraj was upset after the cyclone devastated his coconut farm.
On Thursday morning one of his relative found Sundarraj lying near a graveyard on the outskirts of the village. He was taken to Government hospital in Orathanadu where he was declared as dead. The police registered a case and began the investigations.