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Malda: A farmer in Malda district in north Bengal has committed suicide and his family says that he did so because of debts.

Mahabul Alam (58) was a farmer based at Amsol village under Gazole police station. He consumed pesticide at his residence around 11 pm on 4 August.

His family could get to know of this when white fluid started oozing from his mouth. They rushed him to the Gazole Rural Hospital, where he died in the wee hours yesterday.

On being informed by the hospital, police subsequently sent the body for post-mortem to Malda Medical College and Hospital. Police have not yet commented on the reason for the farmer’s suicide and said that a probe is on.

The deceased farmer’s younger brother Jajaul Hasan said that with his paddy filed washed away by floods last year, Mahabul had borrowed some Rs 50,000 from private moneylenders and cultivated maize this season. But due to the dry spell through May-June, the crop dried on the filed itself.

“Since then he kept worrying all the time as to how to repay the debt. Unable to withstand the mental pressure, he drank poison on Saturday night,” Hasan said.