Tumakuru: In a shocking incident, the family members of a farmer who died of cardiac arrest, allegedly tried to dub it as a suicide by pouring insecticide into his mouth after his death.
This happened in the wake of the government’s decision to hike compensation for farmers committing suicide from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
Debt-ridden Kemparangaiah, 45, died at Patitappanapalya of Hagalavadi hobli in Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district on Monday evening. According to a complaint filed by Kemparaju, his father had borrowed Rs 4.5 lakh from a private bank to buy a tractor and Rs 1 lakh from Kalpataru Grameena Bank, Hosakere branch. He had also borrowed `5 lakh from private money-lenders for agriculture activities. He suffered losses and could not repay the loans and committed suicide, the complaint said.
He is survived by his wife, a son and daughter. But quoting the doctor who conducted the autopsy at the district hospital, the police claimed that Kemparagaiah died of cardiac arrest. “After his death, insecticide was poured into his mouth. It had not reached the lungs to cause the cardiac arrest”, they clarified. Cheluru police registed a case. Revenue officials too visited the spot.
Another case of cardiac arrest in Turuvekere taluk last month was dubbed as suicide by the family members.