Karnataka: Debt-ridden Farmer Survives Suicide Attempt, Gets Compensated For Losses
Bangaluru, Oct 20: A debt-ridden farmer in Karnataka attempted suicide, survived and then got compensated for his losses. N Chanagounder had been travelling from Mumbai and Sangli for last 18 months, visiting police stations and urging officials to help him get back his produce of raisins kept at a cold storage facility in Sangli. After failing to get it back, Chanagounder consumed poison. His suicide attempt, even though unsuccessful, drew the attention of the authorities, who then compensated his losses with the help of the Sangli police.
A senior official Director General of Police’s office in Mumbai told The Indian Express that the facility where Chanagounder had kept his raisins storage had defaulted on payments to the lender (Indian Bank). One and a half years ago, the lender had seized the storage but Chanagounder, in his complaint, said that the lender also sold off his the produce, including his raisins. The Indian Bank, however, didn’t respond to the accusations.
A Sangli Police official said that they are trying to find out who sold off the produce. “While we have booked a bank official and are probing him under certain sections of the IPC, preliminary probe has revealed that the bank had sought a list from the owner of the cold storage facility on the products kept for safekeeping but he had failed to furnish it,” he told the Indian Express.
Chanagounder had first visited the senior officer at the DG office with his complaint. The officer had asked the farmer to go to the Sangli Superintendent of Police. But Chanagounder couldn’t meet him after several attempts. It is then he decided to commit suicide. After the failed attempt, he again decided to the IPS officer in Mumbai. This time, the officer called up the Sangli SP and asked him to look into the matter urgently. The losses were compensated within 48 hours of the call.