Were pes­ti­cide poi­son­ing cases la­belled sui­cide?

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Ya­vat­mal: As the state be­gins a probe into the deaths, it will first have to deal with a con­flict, re­ports Shishir Arya. Agri­cul­ture de­part­ment of­fi­cials say health should have raised an alarm sooner, while health de­part­ment says enough agri­cul­ture of­fi­cials are de­ployed at the grassroots level to know what’s go­ing on.

Out of this, what is emerg­ing is that some deaths due to pes­ti­cide in­hala­tion may have been in­cluded in the sui­cide cat­e­gory. Ya­vat­mal records the max­i­mum farmer sui­cides and con­sum­ing pes­ti­cides is the com­mon mode of end­ing life. “Both sui­cides and sprays are treated as poi­son­ing cases at hospi­tals and that is the rea­son per­haps deaths due to spray­ing may have also been counted as sui­cides,” said an of­fi­cial in the agri­cul­ture de­part­ment. A se­nior doc­tor, with a decade’s ex­pe­ri­ence at the Ya­vat­mal gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal agreed.

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