Rajasthan: 'Farmer' dies; son claims he was depressed over poor-garlic-price

Ramya Patelkhana


16 Jun 2018: Rajasthan: 'Farmer' dies; son claims he was depressed over poor-garlic-price

A 60-year-old man, allegedly a garlic farmer, died of cardiac arrest in Rajasthan's Kota.

The deceased was identified as Ramkalyan Meena of Baran's Guradi village.

Meena's son claimed he was depressed over not getting a fair garlic price, which, coupled with debt was the reason behind his depression.

However, police said a primary probe revealed Meena was neither a garlic cultivator nor under debt.

Fact: Meena took loan of Rs. 6 lakh, claims son

In a police complaint, Meena's son has claimed that the deceased was cultivating garlic on a seven-bigha land that he had taken on rent and he had also taken a loan of around Rs. 6 lakh, SHO, Harnawadasahaji police station, Ramhetar Pareta said.

Compensation: Villagers falsely projecting deaths caused by depression for compensation: SHO

Meena worked as a laborer in an agriculture field; though he owned a small piece of land, he had nothing to with garlic farming, Pareta said.

If someone died naturally or accidentally, it's being projected as a death caused by depression over low garlic prices to get compensation and financial aid, which has become a "tendency" of the villagers in the area, he added.

Fact: Police waiting for post-mortem report

Pareta added that the doctors at the community health center, where Meena was taken after he collapsed, said that he most likely died due to cardiac arrest. The police were awaiting the post-mortem report, he added.