Bardhaman (West Bengal):
Three farmers have been killed in the last two days in West Bengal’s Burba Bardhaman district, police said on Sunday.
While the district administration is investigating the incidents, the families of the dead farmers said they had committed suicide as potato and paddy crops were damaged by the unseasonal rains caused by Hurricane Jawad.
Two farmers were found hanging from their houses in the villages of Debipur and Bandir in Raina I block on Saturday. Another farmer was found hanging in his house on Friday in Briha village in Kalna II constituency.
The bodies have been sent to Bardhaman Medical College and Hospital for autopsy, a police official said.
District Magistrate Priyanka Singla said the incident was being investigated.
However, Raina I Block PDO Soumen Panick said that during the preliminary investigation, it was found that there was no suicide due to crop loss and the Police and the Department of Agriculture have been asked to investigate these incidents further.
State Agriculture Adviser Pradeep Masood said that a week ago, farmers would not have committed suicide as they had received financial assistance under the ‘Krishak Ball’ scheme.
Raina MLA Shamba Tara also said there were no casualties as the crop was burnt.
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