Farmer from Jalna invites villagers to conduct last rites, commits suicide
PUNE: When Sheshrao Shejul, a debt-ridden farmer in Jalna district of Maharashtra, invited people in his village to conduct his last rites, most dismissed it as a joke. However, his neighbours and family members realised the seriousness of his intent when the 40-year-old hanged himself the next day.
“Sheshrao told me and several others in the village that he would be leaving us and invited all villagers for last rites, but nobody took him seriously. The next morning, we found his body hanging from a neem tree,” a villager said.
Sheshrao owned two acres of land and the soyabean crop he grew failed due to the acute drought in the Marathwada region. He had also taken a Rs80,000 loan and was worried about how to arrange for his daughter’s marriage.
The Jalna police admitted that Sheshrao’s family members had told that he was distressed because of his inability to pay back the loan. However, they have registered a case of accidental death.
Meanwhile, the farmer’s suicide has prompted the Shiv Sena, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ally in the state, to take a dig at the Devendra Fadnavis government.
“Did Sheshrao’s invitation reach the Mantralaya ? If such incidents continue in the state... should the suicide of Sheshrao and suicides by thousands of farmers like him be called a product of Make in Maharashtra?” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamna said.