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Love failiar: Assistant officer of health centre commits suicide

Kundapur: A junior health assistant at Devalkunda sub health centre ended his life by hanging himself. The incident came to light on Sunday August 16.

The deceased has been identified as Kiran (28), son of ASI Kencharappa from Chitradurga.

It is suspected that love failiar might be the reason behind the incident.

Kiran has been appointed as an employee in health department in Gangolli in 2009. Last year he was transfered to Devalkunda sub health centre as junior health assistant. He was residing in a quatress near the health centre.

On Saturday he had participated in an Independence day celebration near the health centre and spent time with his colleagues in the afternoon. Later he went to his quatress, it is said. But on Sunday his body was found hanging in his room.

A volunteer of Asha called Kiran on the mobile. SInce he was no picking the call she informed the matter to the another staff of the health centre. When they went to the quatress of Kiran the incident came to light.

It is reported that Kiran had seven mobile phones and many sim cards. Byndur MLA Gopal Poojary visited the spot. Kundapur PSI Naseer Husain visited the spot and a case has been lodged.

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Radhe Maa allegedly forced four farmers to commit suicide after taking away Rs. 1.5 crore from them

Mumbai: Self-proclaimed godwoman Radhe Maa, who has been battling charges of instigating a woman’s in-laws to harass her for dowry, found herself at the receiving end of a much more serious allegation yesterday: that of driving four farmers to suicide.

A complaint filed in the Kandivli Police station yesterday alleged that Radhe and two of her accomplices had fooled a farming family of seven in Gujarat by taking nearly R1.5 crore from them to ensure that peace and prosperity reigned in their house. Four of the farmers, who had paid the money over a period of time by selling off their lands, had committed suicide last year after realising that they had been fooled and had lost their money.

In the four-page complaint, filed by Ramesh Joshi, president of Dharm Rakshak Maha Manch, claimed that Radhe was making money by fooling innocent people into believing that she could turn around their lives and make them prosperous. “After reports surfaced in the media (about Radhe’s alleged role in the dowry harassment case), I contacted people in Nigar Village in Kutch in Gujrat where I had heard that four people had committed suicide because of her. I went to Kutch last week and collected information about that incident. I have come to know that in March 2014, four out of seven people, who had paid more than R1.5 crore to Radhe Maa and her accomplices, Sonal and Balaran Das, committed suicide,” said Joshi. “I have filed a complaint with the police and demanded that the self-proclaimed godwoman Radhe should be held responsible for these four suicides.

They paid her money after selling everything, including their land, which was their bread and butter,” Joshi added. Radhe, who returned to Mumbai yesterday, said she was out of town for a family event and did not talk about the dowry FIR that had been filed against her. The Mumbai police also issued summons to Radhe and the other persons named in the FIR for recording their statements.
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Man commits suicide inside Mumbai police station

A 29-year-old man on Tuesday allegedly committed suicide inside the Mankhurd police station here, police said. Deepak Jadhav hanged himself to a ceiling fan of a room on the second floor of the building which houses the police station this morning. "Jadhav had tied his neck with the trouser of a police officer's uniform," senior inspector of Mankhurd police station Nasir Shaikh said.

According to police, at 7.30 AM, Jadhav and Mohammad Naim (27) were brought to the police station as they were fighting with each other. At this time sub-inspector Rajendra Londhe was on duty. After preliminary inquiry, at around 8 AM, Jadhav was let off by Londhe after giving a warning, an official at the police station said.

However, the incident came to light at around 10.45 AM, when another police officer, Sub-inspector Swapnil Chintal, who had gone to wear his uniform in the room, found Jadhav hanging, he added. The Mumbai Police has handed over the case to crime branch. "Considering the mysterious suicide, the crime branch is probing the case," said DCP (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni.
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Girl commits suicide: Lover's parents threaten deceased family not to file the complaint

Udupi: A girl ended her life by hanging herself into a fan near Badagabettu in Manipal. But the case regardng the incident was filed after 25 days of the incident. It is alleged that the delay in filing the complaint is due to threat from the family of the boy who the girl was in love with.

The deceaesd has ben identified as Navya, a resident of 80 Badagabettu in Manipal, hailing from Haklady in Kundapur. It is said that Navya was in love with a boy but her parents had fixed her marriage with another person. Navya ended her life on July 6 even before her engagement.

Her family had alleged that the parents of Navya's boyfriend are threatening them not lodge any complaint. But finally the family had decided to file a complaint in the police station. They have alleged that the boy friend of Navya had instigated her to commit suicide. A case has been filed in Manipal police station.

  • Published in Udupi

Woman committs suicide: jumps before train with daughter

A woman from Holalkere in Chitradurga district died after she jumped before a moving train with her daughter near KSRTC bus-stand in Hassan on Tuesday.

The deceased has been identified as Roopa (30) of Holalakere. Her six-year-old daughter Harshitha suffered injuries in the incident.

It is said that the woman had left her home in Holalkere with the intention to commit suicide along with her daughter. She died on the spot as she suffered serious head injury, while her daughter escaped with injuries. People around heard the child’s cry and noticed the body.

Police officials said that the mother and daughter had been missing for the past four-five days. Her family members had filed a missing complaint in Holalkere on July 25. The baby is being treated in Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences.

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Sad Sunday: 9 farmers end lives in Karnataka

Tumakuru: Nothing seems to be going right for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah when it comes to tackling farmer suicides. On Sunday, nine farmers including a debt-ridden couple committed suicide across the state making a mockery of the appeals made to them not to resort to the extreme step.

The couple have been identified as 35-years-old Srinivas and his 28-year-old wife Kalavati, residents of Talekere in Turuvekere taluk of Tumakuru district. Srinivas committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in his agricultural field. Kalavati saw the body of her husband hanging and committed suicide by hanging from the same tree. It is said that they had taken a loan of Rs 60,000 from Kalpataru Grameena Bank and Rs 40,000 from various Self-Help Groups. They own 3.10 acres of agricultural land but the loss of crop and the pressure from money lenders forced them to kill themselves, said sources.

A 53-year-old farmer committed suicide by consuming poison in Gandarajapura village in Doddaballapur taluk of Bengaluru Rural district Sunday morning. The farmer had taken Rs 3.8 lakh loan from various banks and private moneylenders to cultivate grapes. His vineyard developed in 3 acres of land, was damaged in the recent storm.

Three debt-ridden farmers committed suicide in Gadag and Haveri districts on Sunday. Sixty-five-year-old Siddaramappa Handi ended his life by jumping into a lake in Jigalur village of Ron taluk in Gadag district. He had lost the maize and cotton crop grown in 2.5 acres due to failure of the monsoon. He has taken Rs 3 lakh loan from co-operative banks and money lenders. He had also borrowed Rs 1 lakh from SBI.

Farmer Ravindra Koppad (45) committed suicide by consuming poison in Petalur village of Mundaragi taluk. He had taken Rs 3 lakh loan from Karnataka Central Co-operative Bank and Rs 1 lakh from Karnataka Vikas Bank. He has grown cotton and sunflower but the crop dried up due to the failure of the monsoon. Another farmer, Prabhu Kariyannavar also ended his life in Chikkayadachi village of Hirekerur taluk, Haveri district as he was depressed over loss of crop. He had taken Rs 3 lakh loan from banks, private moneylenders and women self-help groups.

A 36-year-old farmer from Gunda village in Sindhanur taluk committed suicide by consuming poison Sunday afternoon. Hanumanth Mudukappa, who owned three acres and three guntas, had taken a loan of Rs 40,000 from Vyavasaaya Seva Sangha and Rs 4 lakh from private moneylenders. He is the fourth farmer to kill himself in the taluk.

Meanwhile, two more farmers committed suicide in Mandya district on Sunday. A 50-year-old farmer reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself, in Hulivaahana village in Mandya. He had 18 guntas of land and had cultivated sugarcane. He had borrowed Rs 2 lakh loan including a gold loan of Rs 60,000 from a co-operative society. Overburdened by loans, he took the extreme step, police said.

A 37-year-old farmer committed suicide by hanging himself at Konasaale in Basraal police station limits in Mandya district. Ramesh is survived by his wife and two children. He had 30 guntas of land and was involved in sericulture. According to complaint filed by his father, he had taken a loan of Rs 1 lakh.
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Love affair, impotency are the causes for farmers suicide: Agriculture minister

New Delhi: In the backdrop of farmers committing suicide due to agrarian cause across the country, the minister of agriculture, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, said reasons of such suicides include love affairs and impotence.

Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal demanded an apology from agricultural minister Radha Mohan Singh for the “insensitive” reply on farmers’ suicides. Mr Singh, however, sought to downplay the controversy. He stated that the answer was based on a report by the National Crime Research Board (NCRB), which the government cites in its replies.

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury claimed the government’s reply was “ridiculous” and that ground reality was different. He also alleged that the number of distress suicides has gone up by 26 per cent in the last one year since the NDA came to power. Mr Yechury added that the reply was meant to “divert attention” from the actual reasons for the suicides.

JD-U leader K.C. Tyagi said apart from being insensitive, it was an “insult” to farmers. He threatened to move a privilege notice against the minister for “misleading” Parliament.

In a damage control attempt, the ministry, however, issued a late evening issue saying it considers the issue of farmer suicide with “great sensitivity” and deals this matter with all the “seriousness it deserves.”

“...it was not the intention of the hon’ble minister of agriculture to attribute the causes of farmers’ suicide to issues like love affair etc. It has been taken out of context and is being highlighted in an unwarranted manner,” it said.

The ministry in its reply has mentioned that “causes of suicides by farmers due to agrarian reasons, inter alia, include indebtedness, crop failure, drought, etc,” it added.

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PM should break his silence on farmers suicide: Janardhan Poojari

Senior Congress leader B. Janardhana Poojary on Saturday castigated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s continued ‘silence’ even as farmers were ending their life across the country. “This silence is dangerous to the country,” he said.

Mr. Poojary told presspersons here that the Union government had a major role to play in subsiding farmers’ agony while State governments had a limited role. Instead of helping out farmers, the Prime Minister is doling out largesse to corporates, the former State Congress president alleged.

“If Mr. Modi has any guts, let him address a media conference. Why is he shying away from the media? Just delivering speeches and running away would not make a tall leader,” Mr. Poojary said.

The numerous foreign jaunts Mr. Modi is undertaking is not for the welfare of farmers, but for the corporate who have been supporting the BJP government, Mr. Poojary said.

While he doled out over Rs. 63,000 crore largesse to corporates in the last one year, nothing has come to farmers, he regretted.

On the spate of farmers’ suicides in Karnataka, Mr. Poojary said that he has already advised Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to visit the bereaved families.
  • Published in Mangaluru
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