Farmer from Jalna in­vites vil­lagers to con­duct last rites, com­mits sui­cide

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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.

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