A 42-year-old farmer from Maharashtra’s Pune district allegedly committed suicide for not receiving the MSP for onions. He allegedly left a suicide note behind, in which he extended birthday wishes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and pleaded with him to guarantee the price of onions and other crops.
According to a police officer, the suicide note also made reference to “foul language” used by members of a cooperative society and threats made by lenders (financial companies).
The victim has been identified as Dashrath Kedari, who lived in Wadgaon Anand village, Junnar tehsil. He ingested pesticide before diving into the pond on Saturday.
“Kedari had grown onions. But as the crop failed to fetch a satisfactory price, he stored the agricultural produce worth Rs 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh. He anticipated that this time he would get a better price, but it did not happen,” said Pramod Kshirsagar, police inspector, Ale Phata police station.
He said that the rain had harmed the onions. Kedari also experienced losses on its tomato and soybean harvests. “He had borrowed from a cooperative society. In the suicide note purportedly written by him, the farmer has asked PM Modi to give MSP for agricultural products like onions and mentioned that farming has become “gambling,” Kshirsagar said.
“Today, I am forced to commit suicide because of your inaction. Please give us our righteous guaranteed market price,” stated the note, written in Marathi.
He stated that Kedari’s “suicide note,” which was discovered in the garments he had taken off before plunging into the pond, was given to the police by a family member of Kedari.
“The notes will be sent to handwriting experts,” Kshirsagar said.
The farmer made reference to threats made by lenders and derogatory language used by the cooperative society in the alleged suicide letter, which quickly became popular on social media. Kedari claimed that no one gambles like farmers do and questioned who to go to for justice.
The note also mentioned the COVID-19 situation and abundant rainfall, despite the fact that tomato and onion crops failed to sell for any money.
Additionally, the late farmer requested that PM Modi guarantee a price for agricultural products and said that he (Modi) could not maintain control over agriculture.
According to the note, which the officer quoted, the farmer complained that his life was too difficult and that the state government was to blame for not paying a fair price for tomatoes and onions.