Debt-ridden farmer dies by suicide in Punjab's Hoshiarpur

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Hoshiarpur (Pb), May 28 (PTI) A debt-ridden farmer died by allegedly hanging himself from a pole in his fields in Chak Narial village here, police said on Friday.

Police said Harmesh Singh (42) had taken a loan of Rs 3.20 lakh from a bank in Mahilpur here. But he was unable to repay the dues after which he went into depression, they said.

Singh owned about 5 acres of land, but did not earn much from his agriculture practice.

Police said he had also been getting treatment for depression from a psychiatrist at a private multi-speciality hospital in Rupnagar.

On Thursday evening, locals saw that Singh's body was found hanging from a pole near a tubewell in his fields, they said.

His body was later sent to Civil Hospital, Garhshankar for a post-mortem, police said. PTI CORR SUN VSD HDA

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