Upset due to debt burden and mounting pressure from moneylenders, a 54-year-old farmer committed suicide on Monday in a village in Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's home district Sehore.
Bansi Lal, 54, committed suicide by hanging himself at his home in Jamunia Khurd village, falling under the jurisdiction of Doraha police station, police said.
"Bansi Lal had nine acres of land. He owed Rs 9 lakh to the banks as well as moneylenders, and that is why he committed suicide," said his relatives.
"The exact reason is not known yet. It will be clear only after the investigation whether he (Bansi Lal) committed suicide due to debt burden," Munna Lal Chowdhary, the officer in-charge of Doraha police station, told IANS.
This is the 12th farmer suicide in the state in the last eight days and the fourth in Chouhan's home district Sehore.
A few days ago, Dulichandra, a farmer who was in debt of Rs 5 lakh, committed suicide in Jajna village in Sehore district.
Khaaju Khan, 75, of Bapcha Kala village and Mukesh Yadav, 23, the owner of one and a half acre land in Lachaur village in Sehore's Narsullaganj committed suicide earlier.
The farmers in Madhya Pradesh staged a protest from June 1 to 10 demanding loan waiver and remunerative prices for their produce.
Five farmers were killed in police firing during the protest in Mandsaur district on June 6 while another succumbed to his injuries later.