Pune: A farmer committed suicide while wishing Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday in Maharashtra. A 42-year-old farmer from Pune district committed suicide by writing a letter to Modi about not getting a minimum price for onions. A suicide note has been found wishing Modi a happy birthday and asking him to guarantee support prices for onions and other crops. The police stated that the suicide note also mentioned threats from the financial institutions that had taken loans for farming.
A farmer named Dasharat Kedari committed suicide. He was consuming pesticides before jumping into the village pond on Saturday. Kedari had cultivated onions. But the crop did not fetch a satisfactory price. He was hoping to get a better price this time, but that didn't happen either.
The onion was destroyed by the rain. Kedari also suffered losses in soybean and tomato crops. "The suicide note written by him says that he had taken a loan from a cooperative society. Farming has become a gamble and the farmer is asking PM Modi to give MSP for agricultural produce like onions," said police inspector Ksheerasagar.
"I am forced to commit suicide today due to your inaction. Please give us our fair guaranteed market price," the note in Marathi read. After signing the suicide note, Kedari wished Prime Minister Modi on his birthday at the bottom of the note, officials said. Kedari's relative handed over the suicide note found in her undressed clothes before jumping into the pool.
Police said the note will be sent to handwriting experts. In the suicide note, which has gone viral on social media, the farmer has mentioned threats from lenders and bad language used by the cooperative. Asked whom to approach for justice, Kedari said in the suicide note that no one gambles like farmers.