A 64-year-old Chhattisgarh farmer died by suicide after consuming poison on Saturday in Raipur district. He left a suicide observe accusing the native income officers of injustice, leading to encroachment of his land. A magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident and the accused Patidar and Tehsildar have been suspended and despatched on a punishment posting respectively.

“The suicide note said his land was encroached upon and it named three people, including a tehsildar. Initial probe has found that he had taken a loan from a moneylender and was being pressured over repayment,” a Kharora police station official mentioned.

Raipur superintendent of police Ajay Yadav mentioned the farmer allegedly consumed poison at his house in Morena village on June 12 and was discovered useless on Monday. He added that the tehsildar’s position shall be investigated.

District collector Saurabh Kumar mentioned the farmer’ loss of life was associated to his land dispute with the village Kotwar—a authorities messenger deputed in villages.

“In May 2020, the issue was taken to the revenue court. In tehsildar’s court… the farmer was found guilty of encroaching on Kotwar’s land. The tehsildar passed an order for demarcation last year in May itself. However, fifteen days ago, Kotwar again accused the farmer of encroachment. This time, however, no revenue officials were involved,” mentioned the collector.

He mentioned the deceased farmer by no means filed a overview petition in opposition to the 2020 demarcation ruling by the tehsildar, nevertheless, the administration has hooked up him to the district headquarters to make sure a good probe into the case.

“The patwari who was tasked with [the] demarcation has been suspended and the additional collector has been put in-charge of the inquiry,” Kumar added.

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