Karnataka Farm Suicide Watch

This is an attempt to compile information in the state capital editions in english papers, related to farmer suicides in Karnataka, starting from June 2015. This qualification is important since english papers do not necessarily always cover the issue of farm suicides, that the Bangalore edition may not have what is being reported in district editions and most importantly, media reportage does not reflect the real picture. A national business daily reports that the current spate of farm suicides in the state is the highest in more than a decade. Not all suicides are recognised by the government as ones related to agrarian crisis; in fact, ascertaining cases that are eligible for compensation begins only if applications are received, and not triggered by all police cases registered of farmer/agriculture-profession-related deaths.

The September 4th 2015 cover story in FrontLine is on the suicides in Karnataka. Here is a graphic on district-wise suicides which may or may not match the day-wise compilation in this blog. The current incidence of suicides has surpassed the 2003 figures.

September 12th 2015:

Nagaraja (38), a debt-ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide at Chennakeshava Pura in Pavagada taluk of Tumakuru district on Saturday. According to the police, he owned 1.5 acres of land and had taken a loan of Rs. 50,000 from Kaveri Grameena Bank and Rs. 3 lakh from moneylenders. He allegedly took the extreme step as the borewell in his land had dried up. His wife, Gangamma, said in the complaint that he went to the field on Saturday evening and did not return. His was found hanging from a tree.

September 6th 2015:

Parameshwarappa (58), a resident of Pilapur village in Hosadurga taluk of Chitradurga district, hanged himself to death at his house on Sunday. According to sources, he had taken Rs. 1.20 lakh loan from different banks.

Maheshwariah (27) died on Sunday after consuming poison at Kadarnayakanhalli village in Harihar taluk of Davanagere district. According to sources, he had taken more than Rs. 4 lakh loan from different banks and private moneylenders. He consumed poison on Saturday night at his house and was admitted to a private hospital. He breathed his last on Sunday afternoon.

A farmer committed suicide by hanging himself at Nuggehallikoppal village in Bannur, T Narsipur taluk, Mysuru district, on Saturday night. The deceased has been identified as A N Manchu (35). He is said to have taken the extreme step over his inability to repay his mounting debts. Manchu had borrowed from moneylenders to grow mulberry crop on his two-acre land. Dejected over the falling sericulture prices, he took the extreme step, according to his family members.

September 3rd 2015:

Shivakumar (44) farmer at K. Katihalli in Alur taluk of Hassan district ended his life on Thursday by hanging himself at his residence. His family members and relatives told the police that he was in distress as the yield in his maize farm was far below expectations. He had borrowed huge money and spent it on maize cultivation. His family members also told the police that Mr. Shivakumar had an outstanding bank loan of Rs. 2 lakh and another Rs. 2 lakh from private persons.

Ramesh Shivaputrappa Gani (26), a resident of Kiresur village in Hubballi taluk, consumed poison at his wife’s house in Kundgol in Dharwad district. He breathed his last at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Hubballi. He was having Rs. 2.15 lakh loan taken from a nationalised bank. He committed suicide due to crop loss, the police said.

Somalingappa Jamanna Byahatti (38), a farmer from Benachi village, Dharwad district, committed suicide by hanging himself to death from a tree in his fields. The police said that his father had taken farm credit from a local cooperative society. His paddy crop had failed and he had recently sold his cattle for household expenses. He committed suicide due to distress.

September 2nd 2015:

Basavarajappa, 65, swallowed sleeping pills in Hiregangur of Channagiri taluk on Wednesday. He had borrowed loans up to Rs 3.75 lakh from various banks. He grew areca nut in a 1.25-acre field and owns an acre of dryland. He was upset over the crash in areca nut prices, according to his family members.

Nagappa Reddy, 70, committed suicide by consuming poison at Kadlegondi village of Harihar taluk on Wednesday. He had borrowed loans up to Rs 4 lakh. He owns two acres of land.

Krishnamurthy, 52, ingested poison in Lakshmipura village of Madhugiri taluk on Wednesday evening. He had borrowed Rs 4.8 lakh in his mother Thimmakka’s name from State Bank of Mysuru at Tovinakere, Rs 1 lakh from Kalpataru Grameen Bank and Rs 45,000 from a moneylender. His mother had died a year ago. Along with all the debts, the borewell in his field too had run dry. He committed suicide in distress.

Two more farmers of Raichur district ended their lives in the district on Wednesday.  Sanna Bheemanna (38), a farmer from Masadoddi set himself on fire.  According to sources, he owned two acres of land and had more than  `2 lakh as loan from a cooperative society and private money lenders. He was depressed due to crop failure. In Goudur village of Lingsugur taluk, another farmer Veeresh hanged himself.

Manjula (37), wife of farmer Mahadevappa, committed suicide by setting herself ablaze in Ammanapura of Chamrajnagar taluk, Chamarajnagar district. The family was into debts and the deceased had borrowed more than `3 lakh as loan to help her husband to do farming.

Manchashetty, a 45-year-old farmer from Kanneshwara Nagar, near Santhebachahalli in K.R. Pet taluk of Mandya district allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at his residence on Wednesday. According to his family members, Manchashetty had borrowed Rs. 2 lakh from a bank and some private financiers for agricultural activities and personal reasons. He attempted suicide on Wednesday morning and his family members shifted him to a hospital, where he died.

In Chikkamagaluru district, Govindappa (60), a farmer committed suicide by consuming insecticide at his residence at Kurubagere village in Kadur taluk on Wednesday. He was owning half an acre of land at Kurubagere and worked as a labour in others’ land on a contract basis. He had borrowed Rs. 2 lakh from private persons and also pledged the jewellery of his wife against loan. He cultivated onion and maize and suffered losses as there was no yield owing to scanty rainfall, which allegedly prompted him to take the extreme step.

September 1st 2015:

Basavaraju (45) a farmer killed himself in Kunigal taluk of Tumakuru district on Tuesday night. The deceased is from Kenchanahalli.

August 31st 2015:

45-year old K S Vasanth, a debt-ridden farmer has committed suicide by hanging at Kundoor village in Singatagere hobli of Kadur taluk of Chikkamagaluru district on Monday. Vasanth owned four acres of coconut plantations and six acres of khushki land. He had borrowed Rs one lakh to develop his land. Lack of rainfall and failure of crops left him frustrated and he was forced to take the extreme step.

August 30th 2015:

Muniraju (38), a farmer committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in his field at Masalahalli in Chintamani taluk of Chikkaballapur district on Sunday. He is the second farmer to end life within a week’s span in Chintamani taluk. Venkatashivareddy committed suicide in Junjanahalli on August 23. Muniraju took the extreme step reportedly due to fall of tomato prices in the market. He has cultivated tomato on four acres and taken loans from banks. He was desperate as he could not repay the loans due to price crash. Muniraju, who had five children including a daughter, hanged himself when his wife Venkatalakshmamma had gone out for work.

August 29th 2015:

Raje Gowda (50), a farmer who attempted suicide, died in the district hospital in Hassan on Saturday. Raje Gowda of Hosapura village in Alur taluk consumed pesticide in his farm on Friday evening. His relatives shifted him to Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, where he died on Saturday. The farmer has left behind his wife and two sons. His relatives informed the press that the he had cultivated ginger in his one acre land in the village by borrowing a loan of Rs. 40,000 from a bank. Besides that, according to his relatives, he had borrowed nearly Rs. 2 lakh private lenders.

August 28th 2015:

Shivaraj (40), a debt-burdened farmer from Tarikere in Kunigal taluk of Tumakuru district committed suicide by consuming unknown poison at his Vaajarapalya farm house on Friday. Shivaraj had suffered huge losses after his three attempts to drill borewells at his farm failed to yield water.

August 27th 2015:

A farmer couple attempted suicide at Havanur village in Haveri taluk of Haveri district on Thursday night. The man passed away, but his wife is battling for life. 26-year-old Honnappa G Pujar and his wife, Deepa (Muttavva), are the victims. Honnappa owns four acres of land in his father’s name. The couple used to cultivate cotton and had availed hand loans to the tune of Rs 3.80 lakh. Unable to repay loans due to crop loss, they tried to end their lives. While Honnappa passed away, Deepa, who is battling for life, has been shifted to KIMS in Hubballi, for additional treatment.

45-year-old farmer Kumarayya Kallayya Mathapathi from Gurlakatti village in Nargund taluk, Gadag district, ended his life on Thursday night. He had borrowed farm loans to the tune of Rs two lakh. Due to deficient rainfall and failure of crops, he is said to have ended his life.

Dyamappa Thakreppa Lamani (55), a farmer from Nookapur Tanda in Ranebennur taluk of Haveri district ended his life on Thursday night. Unable to repay the hand loans he had borrowed from the private moneylenders, he is said to have taken the extreme step.

Ninga Shetti (45), a farmer committed suicide by consuming pesticide in his farmland at Rajana Siriyur in Belur taluk of Hassan district on Thursday night. He is survived by wife, three daughters and a son. Ninga Shetti had taken a loan of Rs. 50,000 from a bank and another Rs. 2 lakh from moneylenders. He had cultivated jowar and sunflower in his farm. He was disappointed with the low yields and therefore, allegedly, took the extreme step.

August 25th 2015:

Suresh, a 28-year-old-farmer allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a pond at Oballi village in Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district on Tuesday. He had gone to his farm on Monday morning, but when he did not return by evening, his family members searched for him and found his body in the pond the next morning. He had 1 acre 30 guntas of land, on which he was cultivating coconut and arecanut. All the three borewells had failed.

August 24th 2015:

Nagappa Hadpad (42), a debt-ridden farmer committed suicide at Sasargaon village in Chincholi taluk of Kalaburagi/Gulbarga district on Monday morning by hanging himself in his house, police sources said. Hadpad owned three acres and had availed a loan of `2 lakh from private moneylenders for agricultural purposes.

In Mysuru district, Annegowda (55) a farmer of Thippuru village in KR Nagar taluka committed suicide by consuming poison on Monday. He was rushed to a KR Hospital where he succumbed. He had taken a loan of `2 lakh from private money lenders.

S G Lakshmappa (55) hung himself to death at S G Koppal in Kadur, Chikkamagaluru district. He owned 4.5 acres of land and had borrowed 4.70 lakh from a bank nine years ago. He had also obtained a loan of Rs 4.50 lakh from another bank. The crops on his land had started to wither away as three borewells dried up 15 days ago.

Ramanagouda Channappagoudar of Shiraguppi in Hubballi taluka of Dharwad district, a 65-year-old farmer, who had consumed poison on August 17, breathed his last in Hubballi on Monday. He owned 2.5 acres of land and a loan of Rs two lakh.

Debt-ridden Rangaswamy (45) of Bethur village in Hiriyur taluk of Chitradurga district immolated himself. He had borrowed loans from banks and moneylenders.

Channabasappa Banakara (55) ended his life at Hadrihalli village of Haveri district.  He had borrowed Rs 70,000 from a bank and Rs 3 lakh from private persons.

Vittala Dundhappa Dhanagara (35) committed suicide in Siddapura village of Bagalkot district.  He was cultivating two acres 33 guntas of land which stood in his mother’s name. He had borrowed Rs one lakh.

Hanumanthappa (54) hung himself to death at Neralagi in Shikaripur of Shivamogga. He owned four acres of land  and had borrowed loan of Rs 37,000. He could not repay it due to crop loss.

August 23rd 2015:

In Hubballi district, Basappa Agadi (71) a farmer of Tirlapur village in Navalgund taluka committed suicide by consuming poison in his house on Sunday night. Basappa lost his onion and cotton crop grown on 10 acres. He had also borrowed around `3 lakh from financial institutions and private lenders.

K. Puttegowda, a 45-year-old debt-ridden paddy farmer allegedly committed suicide at his residence at Panakanahalli in Mandya taluk of Mandya district in the early hours of Sunday. The deceased was a small farmer who owned 20 guntas of land. He is survived by his son Rajesh and daughter Rachana. Preliminary investigations revealed that Mr. Puttegowda had availed a loan of Rs. 40,000 from a cooperative bank and about Rs. 2 lakh from his friends for non-agricultural reasons, police said. His children and relatives reportedly told the police that Mr. Puttegowda was depressed because he was unable to repay the loans. A case has been registered.

Kumar (40) hung himself to death at Neelanahalli in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district. He had grown sugarcane on 20 guntas of land and had borrowed Rs 1.5 lakh in his wife’s name from a self-help group. He had also taken a loan of Rs 1.5 lakh from a private moneylender.

Thirty-two-year-old Bhimshi Basavanni Shedbal ended his life by consuming poison at Bendwad village in Raibag taluk of Belagavi district. Shedbal had gone missing from Thursday and was found dead at his field on Sunday. His family members claimed that the he took the extreme step since he was finding it difficult to repay the Rs three lakh loan he had borrowed.

August 22nd 2015:

Bheemreddy (38), from Ujjaini village in Aurad taluk of Bidar district, killed himself by consuming poison in his house on Saturday. Sources said he had taken a loan but was unable to repay it. He died on the way to a hospital. He had borrowed loans to the tune of Rs six lakh to cultivate his six acres of land. As crops failed and he could not repay the loans.

Kantepp Metre (50) of Kosam village in Bhalki taluk in Bidar district committed suicide by consuming poison on Saturday. Sources said he had 38 guntas of land and had taken a loan of Rs 50,000 but was unable to repay the amount. (Reported in Deccan Herald as: Fifty-year-old Kashappa, a resident of Kosam village in Bhalki taluk Bidar district ended his life by consuming poison.)

Nagesh (48), a farmer of Aaganahalli in Srirangapatna taluk of Mandya district ended his life by hanging himself at his house. According to police, Nagesh had borrowed Rs 25,000 each from two banks and Rs two lakh from private moneylenders.

Thirty-five-year-old Rama Pundalik Nayak committed suicide by consuming poison at Alagwadi village in Raibag taluk of Belagavi district on Saturday. According to police, Nayak’s father owns four acre of land and he had availed loan to the tune of Rs four lakh. According to the complaint lodged by the family members, Nayak ended his life frustrated over  debts.

Ramesh Naika Umla Naika Lamani (55) ended his life by consuming poison at Parvathashidgeri village in Hirekeruru taluk of Haveri district. He owned two acres of land and had borrowed more than Rs five lakh from private persons, family members said.

Somappa Nagappa (43) ended his life by hanging himself at his house in Benakanakonda village of Ranebennur taluk in Haveri district. He owned 10 acres of land and had sown maize in four acres. However, the crop had withered away due to deficit rainfall. He is said to have borrowed Rs 2.5 lakh from private moneylenders.

August 21st 2015:

Byrapura Basappa (65), killed himself by consuming poison on Friday night as he was unable to repay the loans he had taken for agricultural purposes. He was a resident of Loleshwara village in Harapanahalli taluk of Davanegere district. According to the rural police, he had availed a loan of Rs 75,000 from a bank and Rs 1 lakh from moneylenders.

Another farmer Narayan Redekar, 40, of Vadagavi in Belagavi district hanged himself in his house on Friday morning. He had 1.25 acres on which he had grown paddy. Narayan had loans of about Rs 1 lakh.

In Davanagere, farmer K G Haleshappa electrocuted himself by holding on to a live electric wire. Haleshappa, 59, a resident of Nanditavare in Harihar taluk, had loans to the tune of over Rs 10 lakh. He used to cultivate maize and jowar on his six-acre land. With his crops drying up and no government help coming his way, he took the extreme step, police said.

Hanumanthappa Fakeerappa Navi, a farmer from Lakshmeshwar town committed suicide by consuming poison. He was a resident of Halladakeri Onie in Gadag district. He had borrowed more than Rs three lakh loan, from various sources. Hanumanthappa owned two acres and 28 gunta land and used to cultivate green gram. Failure of rainfall and resulted in the withering away of his crops. Upset over the failed crops and frustrated over his inability to repay the loans, he is said to have consumed poison in his fields.

August 20th 2015:

Ningappa Mallappa Kalyanahatti, a 58-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide in Desur under Nesargi Police station limits of Bailhongal taluk in Belagavi district on Thursday night. Ningappa, originally a native of Badal Ankalgi in Belagavi taluk, had shifted to his wife Channava’s maternal home in Desnur over 22 years ago. He started cultivating 14 acres of agricultural land belonging to his brother-in-law. After the death of his brother-in-law, he settled in Desnur and took the responsibility of bringing up Channavva’s nephew Santosh, now 19 years old. Ningappa and Channavva continued to cultivate the 14 acres left behind. According to Arjun Basappawadi, a close relative of Ningappa, the deceased farmer had taken up cotton in 5 acres and soyabean in 8 acres, leaving one acre uncultivated. Due to rain failing, he lost both crops and came under stress from mounting interest on bank loans. He had availed Rs. 60,000 from a Prathamik Krishi Pattina Sahakari Sangha branch near Nesargi, in addition to Rs. 2 lakh of loan from a few others. That apart, he had availed a substantial loan from a private bank to purchase a tractor over six months ago.

Venkateshappa (32) and his wife Padmavathy (26), both farmers, committed suicide by consuming food laced with poison in Obatti village, KG Halli gram panchayat in Malur taluk, Kolar district, on Thursday evening. Sources said Venkateshappa (32) and his wife Padmavathy (26) were unable to clear their debts to private financiers. One financier had allegedly seized their tractor.

Huseinappa (47), an indebted farmer from Haratenur village in Sindhanur taluk of Raichur district, committed suicide by consuming pesticide at his home during the wee hours of Thursday. According to the family members, he was depressed after the sunflower crop cultivated on his three acres of land was destroyed. He had taken loans of over Rs. 3 lakh.

Basappa Thimmapur, a 45-year-old farmer and a resident of Agadi village in Haveri taluk (Haveri district), consumed poison and ended his life, late on Thursday night. The deceased owned seven acres of land and used to cultivate maize and cotton. He had borrowed Rs 2.5 lakh loans and was unable to repay them due to crop failure. Frustrated, he is said to have ended his life.

August 19th 2015:

M B Rajashekhar (48), a farmer committed suicide by hanging at Chandrashekharpura in Kadur taluk of Chikkamagalur district on Wednesday. His wife Kamalamma told the police that he possessed four acres of land including a coconut farm. Recently he had borrowed Rs. 67,000 from VSSN Bank at Banuru and spent the amount to grow onion in one acre of land. He was disappointed as the onion crop was lost due to poor rainfall. He hanged himself when nobody was at home.

Burdened by bank loans, Pundalik Gopal Devalatti, a 25-year-old farmer of Gandigwad allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself to a tree in his field at Handigwad village, Khanapur taluk, Belagavi district on Wednesday. 

In Dharwad taluk, 72-year-old Bhimappa Hanchi committed suicide after his crop withered due to lack of moisture. He had availed a loan of `60,000 from a bank.

Siddegowda (35), a farmer committed suicide by consuming poison at G B Saraguru in H D Kote taluk in Mysore district. A suicide note left behind by Siddegowda said that the harassment by four moneylenders forced him to take the extreme step following which police have booked a case against them and have launched a manhunt. Siddegowda, who consumed poison in his field on Tuesday, succumbed to its effects at K R Hospital on Wednesday.

B. Parashurama (25), a farmer hanged himself from the ceiling of his house in Kudligi in Bellari district on Wednesday. He was worried as his standing maize crop had withered. It is said that he had taken loans from a bank and moneylenders.

August 18th 2015:

Krishne Gowda (55), a tobacco grower of Hunsur taluk (Honneyanahalli village), Mysuru district consumed poison on Tuesday. He lost his crop cultivated on three acres due to lack of rain.

Puttaswamy (44), a farmer, who had attempted suicide by consuming pesticide on Sunday, died at KR Hospital in Mandya on Tuesday. The deceased was a resident of Ambarahalli, Maddur Taluk, Mandya district.

A farmer committed suicide by consuming poison at Chikka Kirakambi, Chikballapur, on Tuesday.  Manjunath (35), a mulberry grower from Chikkirugambi under Hosa­hu­dya gram panchayat limits of Chikkaballapur district ended his life by consuming poison  at his house in the early hours of Tuesday. He who used to cultivate a 10-acre land taken on a lease from one of his relatives, had suffered crop loss in the past three years. He had taken farm loan of Rs 1 lakh from Pragati Krishna Gramin Bank. He is survived by wife Gayatri and three children.

In Kolar district, Ramesh (27) of Upparapalli under the Rayalpadu police limits in Srinivaspur taluk allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself. The police said that he had cultivated tomato on five acres and taken Rs. 5 lakh each from banks and private financiers. But steep fall in tomato prices prompted him to end his life.

Shekaraiah (35), a resident of Honakere in Chi­kk­ana­ya­ka­na­halli taluk of Tuma­k­uru district, ended his life by hanging himself from a tree at his farm on Tuesday. It is said, the victim had slipped into depression due to crop failure, mounting debts and family disputes.

August 17th 2015:

Manappa Nashi, a 52-year-old farmer consumed pesticide at Khanapur, Shahpur taluk of Yadgir district, on Monday night. It is said that Manappa Nashi had taken a loan of `1.6 lakh from a bank.

farmer, Sharanappa Bommanna Jogi (38) of Ballundigi village in Jewargi taluk in Kalaburagi district, who consumed pesticide on Saturday, died at a private hospital in Bijapur district on Monday.

Unable to pay his debt, Somshekar (34), a farmer from Shivapur village in Holalkere taluk in Chitradurga district hanged himself to death at his farm on Monday morning. According to police sources, the farmer had four acres of land and had borrowed Rs. 4 lakh loan, in all, from nationalised banks and Rs. 1 lakh from private moneylenders.

Ashok Basappa Singarkoppa (28), a physically-challenged farmer committed suicide by consuming poison at Hanchinal village in Saundatti taluk of Belagavi district. His father Basappa and uncle Fakirappa together own 19 acres of land. But the details of the loans Ashok had taken are not known. Ashok committed suicide when other farmers were busy protesting in the village demanding the implementation of Kalasa-Banduri and river Mahadayi diversion projects.

Shivanagouda Ninganagouda Fakkiragoudra (58) of Ballur village near Navalgund in Dharwad district ended his life by consuming poison. He owned four acre of land jointly with his three brothers. He had sown cotton and onion in his land, but the crop failed due to deficit rain. He had even staged a protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s office demanding compensation. Fakkiragoudra is said to have borrowed Rs 1.14 lakh from a co-operative society and Rs four lakh from private persons. (the same was reported as a Sunday death by another paper and has been listed under August 16th too?).

Unable to repay the debts, Tyagarajachar (40), a farmer hung himself at his house at Tenkalakoppalu village of Hunsur taluk in Mandya district.  He had raised crops on one and a half acres of land belonging to his mother, by availing loans from private moneylenders. He took the extreme step due to the harassment by moneylenders, it is said.

Kashinath Veerabhadrappa Sajjanshetty (48) of Halabarga in Bhalki taluk in Bidar district died on Monday after consuming poison in his field. The farmer with 5.2 acres of land had suffered losses for three years. He had taken a loan of Rs. 50,000 from the district central cooperative bank and some loans from private money lenders.

Prabhu Gundappa Kanaji (55) of Mustariwadi in Humnabad taluk of Bidar district had grown sugarcane and ginger on his four-acre farm. He had taken loans of over Rs. 2 lakh from various banks. His family members came to know he had consumed insecticide and shifted him to a hospital in Chitaguppa. But he died soon.

August 16th 2015:

Shamrao Chavan (30) of Polakpalli Tanda in Chincholi taluk in Kalaburagi district, who consumed pesticide in his house on Sunday, died at the Government General Hospital on Sunday night after failing to respond to treatmentShamrao Chavan, who owned eight acres of land, had availed himself of a loan of Rs. 1 lakh from a nationalised bank. However, it was said, he was unable to repay the loan due to the failure of crops. Sharanappa Bommanna Jogi had taken loans, in all, Rs. 4 lakh, from private moneylenders to raise crops in his six acres of rain-fed land. He had also the burden of repaying another loan of Rs. 95,000 taken from a nationalised bank by his father who died two years ago.

A farmer, Linganagouda Fakiragoudar (58) of Ballur village in Navalgund taluk in Hubballi, committed suicide allegedly due to financial distress on Sunday night. A small land holder, he had reportedly borrowed around Rs. 3 three lakh from private moneylenders and Rs. 60,000 from the local credit cooperative society. Navalgund MLA N.H. Konaraddi gave away Rs. 25,000 to the farmer’s family.

Naveen (26), a debt-ridden farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison in Mandya on Sunday. He was a resident of B Gowdaragere in Mandya Taluk. He had 18 guntas of land and had grown mulberry. He allegedly committed suicide because of the drop in silk prices. He had borrowed `1.50 lakh from a bank and private money lenders and had been unable to pay them back.

Puttamma Swamy (36), of Hosaholalu village of HD Kote taluka of Mysuru district hanged himself on Sunday. He is the son of a former president of the Antarasante gram panchayat. He had taken a loan of `3.50 lakh for agriculture, according to family  sources. Swamy is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Ramappa (52) consumed poison in Gerubisu village of Sagar Taluka. He was cultivating cotton and corn on 4.15 acres of land and had more than 3 lakh rupees debt.

Bheemanayak (55), a farmer from Isamudra Gollarahatti village near Bharamasagara of Chitradurga district committed suicide when his maize crop on 3.3 acres got destroyed due to lack of rain. He has four lakh rupees debt.

August 15th 2015:

Seetaram Belagu Ager (40), a farmer of Karlagadde near Hillur in Honnavar taluk of Uttara Kannada district, committed suicide on Saturday by consuming poison at his home. He had taken a loan of Rs. 80,000 from a local bank. He was worried about repayment of loan as he had received recovery notice from the bank. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

August 14th 2015:

Dhulappa Gundappa Bedar (45), of Kalaburagi district, who had taken a loan of Rs. 1.5 lakh from moneylenders, consumed pesticide in his house on Friday.

Prabhu Chatnalli (45) of Chinmayiddlai village in Chincholi taluk of Kalaburagi district, who had availed a loan of Rs. 8 lakh from moneylenders, ended his life by consuming pesticide on Friday. He died on the way to the Gulbarga Government General Hospital.

August 11th 2015:

Hanumappa Katagi (52), a farmer of Kalliganoor village committed suicide by consuming poison in Gadag district on Tuesday. He was suffering from depression after his green gram crop withered. He had taken a loan of Rs 1 lakh from a bank.

Lokesh (30), a farmer from Mahadevarahalli in Arsikere taluk of Hassan district committed suicide by hanging himself at his house on Tuesday morning. He had grown on his one-and-a-half acres potato, which withered due to the dry spell. He had borrowed Rs 1 lakh from a bank and Rs 2 lakh from a moneylender.

Bhaganna (35) of Bidanoor village of Afzalpur taluk in Kalaburgi district committed suicide by touching a live electric wire in his field on Tuesday. Police sources said Bhaganna had three acres and had availed of loans running up to at least Rs 3 lakh from a bank and private moneylenders.

Mallappa (60) of Degalamadagi village of Chincholi taluk in Kalaburagi district consumed poison on Monday and died at a hospital in Bidar on Tuesday. The exact details of loans availed by Mallappa are yet to be asertained.

Basavaraj Mannur (40) of Chikkumbi village in Savadatti taluk in Belagavi district ended his life by consuming poison on Tuesday. Mannur was found dead at his house in the morning and a small bottle was found near his body. His crop, grown on two acres, was destroyed due to lack of rain and he had availed of a loan of Rs 2 lakh.

Nagaraj Havaldar (36) of Halagadla village  attempted suicide by consuming poison on Tuesday morning. He has been admitted to a hospital at Jewargi.

August 10th 2015:

Partha Prabhu (49) of Kodlahalli village in Hiriyur taluk of Chitradurga district committed suicide by hanging from a tree at his farm. Partha had availed a loan of Rs 9 lakh from Vijaya Bank and Canara Bank. Along with this, he also obtained a big amount as loan from moneylenders.

Anantha Kumar (31) of Chikka Ulagamathi village in Kolar committed suicide by hanging at his house on Monday. He was unable to repay his loans due to failure of crops.

August 9th 2015:

Narasimhamurthy (36), a farmer committed suicide by consuming poison at Kanikala Bande village near Pavagada in Tumakuru district on Sunday. The deceased Narasimhamurthy (36) had four  acres and two of his borewells had failed. He took Rs 2 lakh in loans from moneylenders and two of his cows had died recently.

Pampapathi Gunjalli, a farmer, committed suicide by hanging in Hasamkal village of Sindhanur taluk of Raichur district on Sunday. He had borrowed Rs 4 lakh from moneylenders. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.

Kubendrappa (64) committed suicide by hanging on Sunday night at Rangapura of Holalkere taluk of Chitradurga district. According to the police, Kubendrappa had borrowed Rs 3.5 lakh from a bank, Rs 3 lakh from moneylenders and Rs 60,000 as crop loan from a society.

Annappa Salagar (55) of Ainapur village at Chincholi taluk in Kalaburagi district allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide after he was depressed with the withering red gram crop in his 15 acres farm. Annappa had availed himself a loan of Rs. 50,000 from the cooperative society and Rs. 3 lakh from moneylenders.

Another debt-ridden farmer, Shankar Maindaragi (60), ended his life by hanging himself in his field at Sarasamba village in Aland taluk in Kalaburagi district. He had taken loans up to Rs. 4.5 lakh and owned seven acres.

The decomposed body of Channe Gowda of Siddapura in Mandya district was found near his village in Srirangapatna on Sunday. He had been cultivating sugarcane and had taken loans. He was distressed due to mounting debts and crop loss, the police said.

Shivaramaiah, a 55-year-old farmer, who consumed poison on Saturday, died on Sunday at Basavamathikere in Kunigal taluk of Tumakuru district. The police said he had 58 guntas of land and was cultivating red gram and had 20 coconut trees. He had taken Rs. 3 lakh loan from moneylenders.

Basavaraju (45) ended his life by hanging in his farm at Kallashettihalli in Belur taluk in Hasan district on Sunday. Relatives said that he was depressed after his ginger and maize crop was affected by disease. Basavaraju had taken Rs. 1 lakh from Canara Bank and Rs. 3 lakh from moneylenders.

August 8th 2015:

Prashant Patil, a 37-year-old debt-ridden farmer hanged himself at his residence in Avaralli village, Afzalpur taluk in Kalaburgi taluka, on Saturday.  The farmer had borrowed Rs 1.50 lakh from Pragathi Krishna Gramin Bank and Rs 50,000 from moneylenders, stated a complaint filed by Patil’s family at the Ganagapur police station. Patil owned 10 acres of land in Avaralli and had sold three acres to repay loans taken from other individuals. Patil is survived by wife, two daughters and a son. He could not take up any sowing operations on the remaining land this kharif season due to scanty rainfall.

Siddaraju (45), a marginal sugarcane farmer with 20 guntas of land (from Machanahalli in Mandya district) hanged himself at his house as his crop failed due to lack of rains. He had also taken Rs 2 lakh hand loan from moneylenders.

Mahadev, a farmer from Harenahalli of Periyapatna taluka in Mysuru district, ended his life due to crop loss. He owned eight acres of land and had cultivated tobacco. He had borrowed Rs 10 lakh from financiers. Mahadev consumed pills and committed suicide.

Another farmer Balu of Mantekopa had grown ginger in 1.5 acres of land and had borrowed Rs 80,000 from a cooperative bank. His ginger crop failed due to crop disease. He consumed poison and was shifted to hospital where he succumbed. Balu alias Jagadish is from from Maratikoppalu in Periyapatna taluka of Mysuru district. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Bole Gowda, a 50-year-old farmer hanged himself at his residence in Chikkabeechanahalli, Bilikere, Hunsuru taluka, Mysuru district on Saturday. He had grown tobacco in five acres of land and was depressed after sudden crash in tobacco price.

Shankarappa Lamani, a 55-year-old debt-ridden farmer hanged himself at his house in Suvarana Giri Tanda, Shirahatti taluk of Gadag district on Saturday. Shankarappa had cultivated maize in his three acres of land. The crop failed due to lack of rains. He had borrowed Rs 2 lakh from a nationalised bank.

Yallappa Gurammanavar a 38-year-old farmer of Yaraguppi village (Kundagol taluk??) hanged himself from a tree in Hallikeri village, Dharwad district.  

Kantharaju (35), a farmer allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in his farm at Guttinakere, a village in Arsikere taluk, on Saturday. He is survived by wife and a daughter. Mr. Kantharaju had recently sunk four borewells in his farm by taking a loan of up to Rs. 4 lakh. It was said that recently, he had received a notice from the bank for repayment of loan.

60-year-old Kalluveeraiah of Kaaduramanahalli in Kunigal taluk of Tumakuru district is battling for life at Adichunchungiri hospital after he allegedly consumed poison on Saturday. He has 1.5 acres of land and borrowed Rs. 1 lakh from State Bank of Mysore and Rs. 50,000 from private money-lenders. He was growing mulberry.

August 7th 2015:

Unable to repay the mounting loans, Bharamappa H Chikkamattur (65), a farmer from Meduru near Rattihalli of Haveri taluk, committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house on Friday. The victim used to cultivate maize and cotton on seven-acre dry leased land. He had borrowed Rs 3 lakh from moneylenders. Rattihalli police have registered a case.

Bhairava, a 30-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide by hanging in his house at Kallur in Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district on Friday. He had 1.3 acre of land on which he was growing vegetables. He had also taken land on lease belonging to Yousuf of the same village and was growing vegetables on it. He had taken a loan of Rs.20,000 from VSSN (Vyavasaya Seva Sahakara Niyamitha) in the name of his grandmother and Rs.3 lakh loan from private money lenders to grow vegetables. As he was frequently asked by the private money lenders to repay the loan, he hanged himself from a wooden beam in his house when family members were asleep around 1 a.m. on Friday. The family members saw his body hanging in the morning and informed the police.

Kappanna Gowda (55) of Salagame in Hassan taluk, who allegedly consumed pesticide in an attempt to commit suicide five days ago, died in Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences on Friday. His family members told the police he had borrowed Rs. 1 lakh from Kaveri Grameena Bank and another Rs. 1 lakh from a moneylender. He was in distress as ginger and potato crops in his farm were affected by diseases, causing him losses, according to the Hassan Rural police.

Gangappa Bhimappa Ullagaddi (52), a farmer of Hanamasagar village in Belagavi district, ended his life by consuming the pesticide at his house last night as he was unable to repay about Rs three lakh loan, police said. Ullagaddi is survived by wife, a son and six daughters. allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide after he was unable to repay loan taken for agricultural yields, police said today.

Maruti (25), a farmer, allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide at Kitnur village in Hagari Bommanahalli taluk of Ballari district on Friday. Tambrahalli police, quoting a complaint by his family members, said Maruthi did not own any land nor was he debt-ridden. He had cultivated sugarcane on 4 acres of land owned by his father. The crop, however, failed owing to lack of rain. A bank loan of Rs. 2 lakh was availed of in the name of his parents.

Suresh Babu, 33-year-old farmer hanged himself at his house in Keerthi Kuppa village near Kolar Gold Fields on Friday. According to sources, he had borrowed Rs 4.4 lakh from banks. He was unable to repay his debt as his crop failed due to lack of rains.

A sugarcane grower of Jaipura, Mysuru district, attempted suicide on Thursday night after miscreants allegedly set his standing crop on three acres of land on fire.

August 6th 2015:

Halappa N.C. (65), a resident of Nagabovanahalli in Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district, allegedly ended life by consuming pesticide on Thursday. According to Ajjampura police, Halappa owned 1 acre and 1 gunta of land and used to cultivate mango and areca nut. He had taken loans from Corporation Bank and Primary Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank at Bukambudi, besides borrowing from moneylenders. His son, Siddesh, told the police that Halappa was upset as he often received bank notices and private moneylenders used to force him to repay the loan.

Kantharaju (35), a farmer from Sabbatti in Arkalgud taluk of Hassan district, who allegedly attempted suicide by consuming poison on August 2, died in a Mysuru hospital on Thursday night. Kantharaju’s father, Jayanna, in his complaint to the Konanur police, said Kantharaju had consumed pesticide while he was working at his field. His family had cultivated ginger and jowar. Jayanna had taken loan of over Rs. 5 lakh. Kantharaju was disappointed as the yield was not as expected, owing to lack of rain.

Puttaswamy (45) was found hanging at his residence at Marasinganahalli in Maddur taluk of Mandya district on Thursday. His family members told the police that Puttaswamy was depressed because of financial loss. The farmer had borrowed a huge amount from a cooperative society and his friends for cultivation. He could not repay it and hence took the extreme step, the police said. The farmer Puttaswamy (45), had grown mulberry on three acres. He had debts running into Rs 6.5 lakh, which he had taken from banks and private moneylenders. According to his family, Puttaswamy was depressed for a few days, after a fall in silk prices. His crop was going dry too as water was not being released from the Shimsha Canal. (http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/5-Ryots-Kill-Selves-As-Debts-Mount/2015/08/07/article2961926.ece)

Thimmanna Kurubar (55) committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at his field in Kandakur village of Yadgir taluk of Yadgir district. Thimmanna owned two acres of land and had taken 30 acres on lease. He had taken a loan of Rs. 3 lakh from moneylenders and Rs. 1 lakh from a bank. Mounting debts owing to crop loss was said to be the reason for suicide.

Malle Gowda (44) ended his life by consuming poison at Haadanoor village in Periyapatna taluk of Mysuru district. Reports reaching here said that the farmer had borrowed Rs. 4 lakh from moneylenders. He reportedly owned 1.5 acres of land where he had grown tobacco and ginger.

Source for above 3 cases: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/three-more-farmers-end-life/article7510025.ece

Sarojamma (28), the wife of a farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide at Kattirajanahalli village in Madhugiri taluk in Tumakuru district on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Sarojamma(28). She died on the way to the hospital. Her husband Rangnatha said she committed suicide due to crop loss. The couple had planted cotton and flowers on their 2.2 acres. Rangnatha had taken a loan of Rs 1.5 lakh from primary land development bank and was unable to repay it.

Source for above 1 case: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/5-Ryots-Kill-Selves-As-Debts-Mount/2015/08/07/article2961926.ece

August 5th 2015:

Sadashiv Chougale (30), a farmer from Arjunawad village, Hukkeri taluk in Belagavi district, hanged himself at his residence on Wednesday.  He ended his life as his soyabean crop in two acres went dry due to lack of water. He had taken a loan of Rs 2 lakh from a nationilised bank and Rs 1.5 lakh from moneylenders.

Shivayya Lakmu Naik (52), a farmer killed himself at Tumbe Billu near Ananthwadi village, Honnavar taluk in Karwar district, on Wednesday. He had taken loans from three banks and was unable to repay. He ended his life by consuming poison at 9.30 am. He was immediately rushed to RNS Hospital, Murudeshwara. However, he succumbed at 11.30 am.

Lakshmaiah, a 64-year-old farmer hanged himself at an abandoned hut behind his house in Halanuru village near Tumakuru on Wednesday. He had taken a loan of Rs 2.5 lakh from different sources. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. His wife, Puttamma, was bed-ridden due to paralysis and his son was working as a carpenter in Bengaluru. He has one acre of land and had grown around 60 kg. of horsegram. He did not have any loans in banks or cooperative societies. However, his family says that he had taken Rs.2.5 lakh loan from private money lenders to construct a house. He was suffering from asthma.

Suresh (35), a debt-ridden sugarcane grower of Ganadahosuru village, Manyda taluk, in Mandya district ended his life by consuming pesticide here on Wednesday. He took the extreme step as he did not get a good price for his produce and was unable to repay his debts. Though, Suresh was rushed to K R Hospital, he failed to respond to the treatment. Suresh had borrowed Rs 3.20 lakh from banks and moneylenders.

Manjunath Jagapur (34) hanged himself from a tree in his field in Amminabavi village in Dharwad district on Wednesday. It is said he had borrowed around Rs 1.5 lakh loans for agriculture.

Chitradurga: A 34-year-old farmer tried to end his life by consuming poison in Gaunahalli village, Hiriyur taluk, on Wednesday. The farmer has been identified as Lingappa. He had taken a loan of Rs 1.30 lakh from a bank. The debt amount after adding the interest had reached Rs 3.80 lakh. The bank had also sent him a notice asking him to repay. He was intially admitted to Chitradurga district hospital and later referred to another hospital in Davangere for further treatment.

(Source for all 5 above: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/Six-More-Farmers-Commit-Suicide-in-Karnataka/2015/08/06/article2960090.ece)

Hanumantha, a 25-year-old farmer of Shavantagal village, Devadurga taluk, consumed pesticide at his field on Wednesday. Sources said, he had borrowed Rs 1.80 lakh and was harassed by moneylenders. His crop on four acres had failed too.

Ladamma Kallappa Khaddi, 40-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself to a tree on his field at Jod Kurali village of Chikodi taluk, Athani of Belagavi district on Wednesday night. Khaddi, owned four acres, on which he had cultivated cotton and sugarcane. Family members said he was facing a financial crisis as the crops were damaged due to the delay in rain.

Source for above 2: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/5-Ryots-Kill-Selves-As-Debts-Mount/2015/08/07/article2961926.ece

August 4th 2015:

Venkatreddy (42), a sericulture farmer committed suicide by setting himself ablaze at Kannamangala village in Sidlaghat taluk of Chikkaballapur district on Tuesday. He had taken loans for cultivating mulberry and rearing silk cocoons, but incurred loss due to fall in prices of cocoon. A desperate Venkatareddy had reportedly strewn the cocoons in the field a couple of days ago. He was residing with his wife and two children in his house constructed in the field. He allegedly set himself on fire at around 8.30 a.m. The villagers rushed him to Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru where he succumbed to the burns. Bhoganandeeshwar of Gowribidanur taluk ended his life recently owing to the debt burden. (Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/sericulture-farmer-commits-suicide-in-chikkaballapur/article7499538.ece)

Farmer Yallappa Parappa Katenavar (58) of Kanavalli village, Haveri taluk, in Haveri district, hanged himself at his residence on Tuesday.  He had borrowed Rs 80,000 from a bank.

Hemakanth, a 53-year-old marginal farmer hanged himself at his house in Naganahalli village near Mysuru after suffering crop loss. He owned one acre of land. He had also borrowed Rs  1.5 lakh from moneylenders. His move to repay the debt by selling his land was opposed by his wife and children.

Farmer Anuraje Gowda (56) of Saligrama village in Mysuru district, committed suicide by jumping into the Chamaraja left bank canal. Gowda had grown paddy and tobacco in two acres of land and suffered loss due to lack of rains. He had borrowed Rs 5 lakh from banks, societies and moneylenders.

Keriyappa, a 54-year-old farmer ended his life at Joladagudde village, Anandapuram hobli, Sagar taluk in Shivamogga district. Keriyappa had consumed pesticide on Monday evening and succumbed at McGann Hospital on Tuesday. 

Source for all the 4 above: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/5-More-Farmers-End-Lives-in-Karnataka/2015/08/05/article2958244.ece

Ashok Gowda (35), a native of Kunigal, a farmer who had attempted to commit suicide outside Vidhana Soudha died at a private hospital on Tuesday. Ashok was physically challenged. On Monday, he reached the west gate of Vidhana Soudha and demanded that he be allowed to meet the CM. The security staff did not let him in, following which Ashok  consumed poison. Police said that during probe, they learnt  that Ashok had taken a huge loan. This could be the reason for he taking the extreme step, they said. He had left behind a suicide note stating that he was ending his life as he was depressed. (Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/Farmer-Who-Attempted-Suicide-Outside-Soudha-Dies/2015/08/05/article2958245.ece)

Gangappa Bhimappa Ullagaddi, a 52-year-old farmer ended his life by consuming pesticide at his residence in Hanamasagar village, Ramdurg taluk in Belagavi district, on Tuesday night. Ullagaddi had taken a loan of about Rs 3 lakh. (http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/Six-More-Farmers-Commit-Suicide-in-Karnataka/2015/08/06/article2960090.ece)

H R Chandre Gowda (56), a farmer committed suicide by hanging himself at his pump house in his farm at Halladahalli in Kadur taluk in Chikkamagaluru district on Tuesday. He was growing onion and tomato in his farm. He had borrowed a total of Rs. 4 lakh, including Rs. 2 lakh from a bank. Due to dip in rainfall, he had suffered loss in the field. According to his son Pradeep, disappointed over the crop loss and loan burden, he took the extreme step.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/farmer-commits-suicide/article7502992.ece

August 3rd 2015:

The body of Somashekaraiah, a 49-year-old farmer, who was also a temple priest, was found in a well at Somalpura village, near Gubbi in Tumakuru district on Monday evening. According to the family, Somashekaraiah left home at 4 pm on Monday evening and did not return. Worried, they started a search and found the body in a temple well.  According to the complaint lodged by Somashekaraiah’s kin, he took the extreme step as he was depressed over crop loss. He had also borrowed about Rs 2 lakh from cooperative banks. He had also taken a loan of Rs 1 lakh from moneylenders. He had cultivated ragi, vegetables and raised coconut trees in the four acres of land he owned. Also, the two borewells he had sunk failed to yield water. He is survived by his wife, daughter and a son.

In Hassan, Nagaraj (45) of Adenahalli in Channarayapatna taluk took the extreme step on Monday afternoon. A notice asking for clearance of loan from a cooperative bank reportedly prompted him to it. He has left behind wife and two sons. The Shravanabelagola police, who registered the case, said the farmer had taken a loan of Rs. 3.2 lakh from a cooperative bank and from State Bank of India. The bank had served him notice, which reached him four days ago, asking him to clear the dues by August 5.

Failed monsoon and mounting debt drove Ramappa Hanumappa Talawar (60) of Bandiwad village of Hubballi taluk, Dharwad district, to commit suicide on Monday. He had reportedly taken loan from a nationalised bank and a hand-loan from a few people. According to family members, he had been cultivating chilli for the kharif season and it failed because of deficient monsoon. He had borrowed Rs 1.87 lakh from a bank and sowed chilli on 2 acres and 21 guntas. 

Manje Gowda (40) of Jadaganahalli in Chikkamagaluru taluk, who had attempted suicide on Sunday, died in a private hospital in Hassan on Monday. Manje Gowda had taken a loan from private moneylenders.

Shashikala, a 48-year-old woman farmer committed suicide by hanging at Challanayakanahalli in Mandya district. The deceased had grown cane on 2.20 acres and had borrowed Rs 2 lakh from private moneylenders and banks. However, her crop withered and she fell into depression.

August 2nd 2015:

Eshwarappa Doddappa Pujari (50), a farmer from Mudanur village in Surpur taluk of Yadgir district, committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Sunday evening. According to the complaint filed by wife Gouramma, mounting debt and crop failure was the reason behind his death. The farmer owned six acres of land on which he was cultivating cotton, but a crash in prices had led to huge losses.

Tayamma Gunjalappa of Babalad village in Yadgir taluk (Yadgir district) committed suicide on Sunday as she was unable to repay her loans. Tayamma Gunjalappa, a resident of Babala village in Shahpur taluk, had obtained a lease of 24 acres of farmland in Gunjanur two years ago. She had taken loans of Rs five lakh for agricultural activities.  According to her family members, the crops failed due to paucity of rains because of which Tayamma was dejected and ended her life.

Two farmers, Nagappa and Mallappa of Malkapur village of Sindhanur taluk in Raichur district, committed suicide on Sunday.

Nagappa Agasara (40) a debt-ridden farmer ended his by life by consuming poison at Nidoni village in Vijayapura taluk (Bijapur district). Nagappa had grown sugar cane and grapes on his three acre land and is said to have loans to the tune of about Rs four lakh.

Siddaramegowda (56) a farmer of D Salgundi village of Mysuru district who had an argument with the village drum-beater for not beating it in front of his house, and who recently attempted suicide after the panchayat allegedly imposed a Rs two lakh fine on him for arguing with a ‘drum beater’ (man who spreads information), has died. Police said this issue had gone to the panchayat, which ‘convicted’ the farmer and slapped a Rs two lakh fine on him. Shocked by the panchayat’s verdict he attempted suicide on July 12 and was rushed to a hospital. He passed away on August 2nd.

Sugarcane grower Devaraju (26) died after consuming poison at Chikkabyadarahalli in Pandavapura taluk in Mandya district. According to the farmers’ relatives, they were disturbed owing to debts. Devaraj alias Devu (24) hung himself to death from a tree at his land in Chikkabyadarahalli village of Pandavapura taluk in Mandya district. He had borrowed Rs 30,000 from a bank and more than Rs three lakh from private persons. According to the complaint lodged by his father, Devaraj ended life fearing inability to repay loans.

Nagaraj (55) of Lakkanahalli in Sira taluk and Srinivas (42) of Chikkahonavalli in Tiptur taluk committed suicide by hanging in Tumakuru district. The police said that Nagaraj owned 2.5 acres of land and had taken Rs. 3 lakh loan from VSSN (Vyavasaya Seva Sahakara Niyamitha) and self-help groups. But he was unable to repay the loan as his borewell had dried up. The police said that Srinivas had taken loan of Rs. 2 lakh loan from the Primary Land Development bank and a co-operative society. He owned three acres of land and had borrowed farm loans from banks in the name of his mother. He is also said to have taken loans from private persons. According to the complaint lodged by his wife, Srinivas ended his life owing to debt burden and crop loss. He had been to the fields along with his pair of bulls to weed out the groundnut crop. By the time his wife Jayamma reached the spot carrying breakfast, he had ended his life. He owned 2.15 acre of land and had a loan of about Rs 2.50 lakh.  His wife too had taken a loan of Rs 40,000.

Srinivasa, a 42-year-old farmer hanged himself at his house in Chikkahonnavalli, Tiptur taluk, Tumakuru district.

Nagendrappa, a  65-year-old farmer hanged himself at his house in Seerappanahalli, Holalkere taluk, Chitradurga district. He had taken a loan of Rs 1.5 lakh.

August 1st 2015:

30-year-old Umesh, a sericulturist from Karalakatte, Malavalli taluk, ended his life on Saturday night. He had grown mulberry and banana in his four acre land. He had loans to the tune of about Rs 4 lakh. Umesh and his brother jointly owned four acres of land. He had taken up silk farming and planted banana on the said land, both of which did not fetch him remunerative price. He is said to be having loans to the tune of Rs four lakh.

Jaganath (50) consumed poison at his field in Yaranahalli, Bidar, on Saturday night.  According to the police, Jaganath owned 3.34 acre of land and was unable to repay his debt.

July 31st 2015:

Farmer Suresh (49) of Shanthalli village in Somwarpet taluk, Kodagu district, committed suicide on Friday. The police suspect his mounting debt forced him to end his life. They said Suresh had taken a loan of Rs. 75,000 from a cooperative bank a few years ago and the outstanding amount had compounded due to default in repayment. The police are investigating whether he had taken a loan from private moneylenders. He is survived by wife, mother and two children.

A 42-year-old farmer, Rajanna, from Kamsanahalli in Madhugiri taluk of Tumakuru district allegedly committed suicide.  (Name mentioned as L.Thimmaraju in another media report). His family had complained to the police that theirs was a joint family and Rajanna was vested with the responsibility of looking after them. He had taken a loan of Rs. 21 lakh and got a notice from Cholamandalam Finance 20 days ago to repay part of the loan. He had also been getting notices from State Bank of Mysore, Madhugiri. His wife had died of bone cancer and her treatment had run into Rs. 4 lakh. He was also funding the treatment of his sister-in-law, who was suffering from paralysis. More was to follow: four of his borewells had failed.

Three debt-ridden farmers allegedly committed suicide in Ballari district. Dadasab (35) a small farmer in Kappagal village was unable to avail a loan from private financers to repay a bank loan. He did not have money to purchase seeds and other agricultural inputs, said his family. Jagadish Itagi (35) in Mylar village of Hadagali taluk, and Veeresh (45) of B.G. Dinni village in Sirguppa taluk, unable to sustain the loss of crop and debts incurred, committed suicide by consuming poison.

Mahabalisab (35), a farmer from Gonwara village in Sindhanur taluk of Raichur district, consumed pesticide and died on Friday. According to family members, he was depressed after his crop was destroyed in pre-monsoon rain, and he was unable to repay a loan of Rs. 5 lakh.

A farmer committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence at Doddakaradevu village in Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district on Friday morning. The police gave the name of the deceased as Shekhar (48). He is survived by wife Nagarathna and two children.

A 40-year-old farmer hanged himself from a tree in his field on Thursday night. The farmer has been identified as Ulavana Gowda Patil of Jinnur village in Kalaghatgi taluk in Hubballi district. Gowda had cultivated soyabean and maize in his four acre land. However, his crop failed due to lack of water. He had borrowed `2 lakh from a nationalised bank and a agriculture cooperative society. He had also taken money from private lenders.

Kempanna, a 42-year-old farmer committed suicide by consuming poison in his field in Iddalhonda New Centre (Shivapur) under Kakti Police Station limits of Belagavi taluk late on Friday night. His family members claimed that he ended his life due to crop loss and debt. Kempanna, son of late Ningappa Hanji, had inherited one-and-a-half acres of agriculture land and had taken up potato cultivation. Since the yield was poor he planted fresh seeds of potato which also failed to germinate due to deficit rainfall, his elder brother Dundappa said. Kempanna had taken a loan of Rs.45,000 from Syndicate Bank, Rs.40,000 from Nandi Co-operative Society in Yamanapur and a sum of about Rs.50,000 from three persons in the village. In his death note, he had listed these details and pleaded with his family members to return the amount due to banks and private money lenders after his death, apparently from the compensation he seem to have expected from the government. He had also spent a substantial amount to dig a borewell in the field which did not yield even at a depth of 650 ft. On Friday night, he left home without dinner, stating that he was going to the field. Later the family members became apprehensive and rushed to the field only to find his body.

July 30th 2015:

A farmer committed suicide by consuming pesticide at his house in Mylara village near Ballari. The deceased has been identified as Jagadish Vamappa Ittigi. According to his relatives, he was worried after his maize crop failed. Ittigi’s relatives said private financiers had seized his autorickshaw for not paying the EMI. Also, his father had borrowed Rs 2,000 from a bank three years ago.

Mahesha (27) a sericulturist ended his life in Huliyurudurga hobli, Kunigal taluk, Hassan district. He was found hanging at his house at 4.30 pm on Thursday.

July 29th 2015:

A farmer committed suicide by consuming poison at Siruguppa on Wednesday (July 29th). The deceased,  Veeresh (45), had taken a loan of Rs 40,000 from a cooperative society and was worried about repaying it.

A 35-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide at Kaarekurchi in Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district on Wednesday. The police said that he has been identified as Renuka Aradhya. He had hanged himself from a tree behind his house due to loan burden. His coconut and arecanut farm has dried up after the borewell failed. He had four acres of land and had taken gold loan of Rs.90,000 from State Bank of Mysore, Rs.70,000 from PLD ( Primary Land Development) bank and Rs.3 lakh from private money lenders.

A farmer consumed poison in Sakleshpur taluk in Hassan district on Wednesday. Mahendra (45), from Hurudi village was under heavy debt.

Another farmer committed suicide by hanging in his farm at Dindaguru in Channarayapatna taluk in Hassan district on Wednesday. Marige Gowda (55) was found hanging in the morning. He has left behind his wife and two sons. He was looking after produce in the land, registered in his brother’s name, and had cultivated banana. He was deeply disturbed as the crop attracted a disease, causing him huge loss. His son had borrowed Rs. 84,000 as loan from a bank and invested in the land. Marige Gowda had also borrowed up to Rs. 3 lakh for his agriculture activities.

Shekhar Bhovi (35), a farmer from Muddinakoppa village near Shivamogga, who had consumed poison, passed away at the Government McGann Hospital here on Wednesday. According to the police, Bhovi had a Rs. 3-lakh loan from a nationalised bank and a cooperative bank.

July 28th 2015:

July 27th 2015:

Three farmers committed suicide on Monday in Hassan district. The deceased are Jagadish Naik (38) of Bandilakkanahalli in Belur taluk, Keshavamurthy (38) of Doddabemmatti in Arkalgud taluk and Shivanni (60) of Dodderi village in Channarayapatna taluk. Naik killed himself by hanging after he failed to clear loans of Rs 3.55 lakh. Keshavamurthy ended his life by consuming poison after his ginger and tobacco crops grown were destroyed due to a disease. Shivanni committed suicide by consuming poison after failing to repay Rs 2.3 lakh.

Girish Ballear (33), committed suicide by hanging at his house in Maidur village of Hirekerur taluk of Haveri district on Monday. He had taken loans of Rs 4 lakh. Girish allegedly had a hand loan of Rs. 3 lakh and also a housing loan of Rs. 10 lakh. He had sown ginger on three-acre of land, which however, failed. He is survived by wife Hemavathi and two children Sanjay (6) and Sahana (5).

In Hirekabber village of the same taluk, Sannathimmappa Giddannavar committed suicide by jumping into the Upper Tunga Canal.

(Gopala Manjappa Malladada (32) committed suicide by jumping into Tunga upper canal near Hirekabbara village of Hirekerur taluk. He owned 13 acres of land jointly with his father and they had together borrowed Rs six lakh housing loan. Apart from this, the farmer had borrowed Rs two lakh from private persons, his family members said.)

A farmer of Chitradurga district, Srinivasa Reddy (60) from Karikere village ended his life by consuming poison on Monday. He had grown onion. He is said to have suffered heavy losses due to the lack of rain.

In Avaradi village of Ramdurg taluk in Belagavi district, Shivayogi Giriyappa Jalageri (27) attempted suicide by consuming pesticide on his farmland on Sunday. After initial treatment at the primary health centre at Sureban he was shifted to the district hospital, where he died on Monday. He had sown maize and onion on 38 guntas of land which failed for want of water. He had sunk a borewell on his land but could not draw water from it as the transformer supplying power to the IP set had burnt out. Family members said that their repeated requests to Hescom for replacing the transformer went in vain.

In Uttara Kannada, a farmer from Ganeshpur village in Mundgod taluk who tried to immolate himself on Sunday died at KIMS hospital Hubballi on Monday. Fakkirappa Ramanna Shirigeri (40) of Ganeshapura in Mundgod taluk of Uttara Kannada district, owned two acres of land and had borrowed Rs 2.30 lakh from various banks. He had also borrowed Rs three lakh as housing loan.

A debt-ridden farmer attempted suicide setting himself ablaze at Hadadi village in Davangere taluk. The farmer has been identified as S Devendrappa (39). According to his family members, Devendrappa has borrowed Rs 75,000 from a bank and Rs two lakh from private moneylenders. He had sown paddy on his three-acre land, but suffered loss due to price crash. He has been admitted to Chigateri district hospital with 60 per cent burns.

July 26th 2015:

The spate of farm suicides continued in Karnataka on Sunday also with 15 more farmers ending their life. 

In Mandya, Ramaiah (50) of Hulivana, K. Murthy (55) of Kuduragundi, and Ramesh (55) of Konasale took the extreme step. Mounting debts were cited as the reason. All of them had taken loans from banks/moneylenders for wedding, cultivation, drilling borewells, and for personal issues, according to the police. Mr. Ramaiah was found hanging from a tree at his farmland near Hulivana. He had taken loans for agriculture and personal issues, Keregodu police said. Meanwhile, Mr. Murthy, who had borrowed loans for his daughter’s marriage, was found hanging from a tree behind his residence in Kuduragundi, Maddur police said. Mr. Ramesh had taken loans for agriculture/personal issues and he took extreme step by hanging from a tree at his farmland near Konasale, Besagarahalli police said.

In Maddur of Mandya district, Jairam (40) ended his life by jumping into the Madduramma tank. A native of Valagere village, he owned one acre of land and had grown paddy. He had borrowed Rs 3 lakh from banks and moneylenders. He also had to pay for his mother’s medical treatment.

Sanna Boregowda (45) ended his life  by consuming poison at his land in Aganahalli, Maddur taluk. Boregowda owned 1.20 acres of land and had grown cane. He had borrowed Rs 3 lakh from moneylenders and banks.

In Tumakuru, a farmer and his wife committed suicide on their farm at Thalekere in Turuvekere taluk. The police identified the deceased as Srinivas (36) and Kalavathi (30). Srinivas had 3.5 acres and had taken loans from Kaveri Grameena bank and Vyavasaya Seva Sahakara Bank Niyamitha cooperative society. Failure of a borewell was the reason for the extreme step. Srinivas had 3.5 acres of land and had taken loan of Rs. 60,000 from Kaveri Grameena bank and Rs. 35,000 from VSSN (Vyavasaya Seva Sahakara Bank Niyamitha) co-operative society. He was distressed over not getting water from the bore-well which he had dug a few months back. Srinivas had left the house around 8 a.m. saying that he was going to his farm. But when he did not return home for breakfast till 10 a.m., his wife, Kalavathi went looking for her husband and found him dead. Shocked after seeing her dead husband, Kalavathi hung by the other end of the rope. The couple is survived by their eight-month-old daughter.

In Gadag, two farmers committed suicide allegedly upset over mounting debts. While Siddappa Sidramappa Handi (70) ended his life at Jigalur village of Ron taluk by jumping into lake, Ravindra Shivappa Koppad (45) of Peta Alur village in Mundaragi taluk committed suicide by consuming poison. Siddappa owned 2.36 acres of land and had a loan of over Rs. 2 lakh. Ravindra Koppad who owned four acres had a loan of Rs. 1.5 lakh, the police said.

In Raichur district, Hanumathappa (38) from Gunda village in Sindhanur taluk committed suicide by consuming pesticides on his farm. Family sources said he had taken hand loans to the tune of Rs. 3 lakh.

A 22-year-old debt-ridden farmer ended his life by consuming poison at Thippareddy, Challakere taluk, of Chitradurga district on Sunday. The  victim has been identified as Siddesh. According to police sources, Siddesh took the extreme step after his four borewells went dry. He also lost his crop due to lack of rains. He had obtained a loan of Rs 37,000 from a bank and another Rs 50,000 gold loan.

In Chikkamagaluru, Thimmappa (55), a farmer ended his life at Hullehalli in Kadur taluk. After a preliminary probe, the Birur police said he had borrowed Rs.1.5 lakh from a bank two years ago.

Shivaputrappa Yatnalli, a 55-year-old farmer consumed poison at Madidoddikoppa, Sorab taluk, of Shivamogga district on Sunday.

In another incident, the body of a farmer who was missing for the last 15 days was found five km from his land on Sunday. The victim has been identified as Bhadrashetty from Kumabarahalli near Aldur in Chikmagalur district. It is said that he owned 25 guntas of land. He had borrowed a hand loan of Rs 1 lakh from moneylenders.    He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

A 35-year-old farmer, who had consumed poison on July 21, breathed his last at Mission Hospital in Miraj (Maharashtra) on  Sunday afternoon. The farmer has been identified as Satish Mamadapur of Badagi, Athani taluk, Belagavi district. Mamadapur had borrowed a hand loan of Rs 1 lakh from moneylenders and Rs 30,000 from Athani Taluk Agriculture Credit Cooperative Bank. He had suffered crop loss for three consecutive years due to drought and this year too he lost his sugarcane crop due to lack of water. Mamadapur’s wife said that though he was not forced by moneylenders to repay the loan, he was worried about running his family as he had no money with him.

Sirsi: Fakirappa (40) of Ganeshpura, Mundgod (Uttara Kannada), attempted to set himself on fire as he was unable to repay his debts. He had borrowed Rs 3 lakh from banks and cooperative societies. He had also mortgaged his one acre land. He was rushed to KIMS Hospital, Hubballi.

July 25th 2015:

The spate of farm suicides continued in the State on Saturday also with six more growers ending their life. Of them, three are from Mandya district, while one each is from Shivamogga, Tumakuru, and Belagavi districts. As per the New Indian Express, eleven farmers committed suicide on Saturday in the state.

In Mandya, K.S. Lokesh (45) was found hanging at his residence at Keelara on the outskirts of the city, while Kenche Gowda (58) of Savandipura, near Malavalli, and Kumar (32) of Kalludevanahalli, near Nagamangala, ended their life by consuming poison. All the three had availed themselves of loans from banks/private financiers to drill borewells and for personal reasons, such as medical needs and marriage.

Kumar of Kalludevanahalli, who was growing vegetables on his four-acre land, recently bought an autorickshaw with a loan of Rs 1.20 lakh from a private agency. He was said to be upset over crop failure and theft of cables of his borewell in the field. He consumed pesticide and died on the way to hospital.

Kenchegowda of Savandipura had taken loans of Rs 4 lakh from banks and moneylenders. Kenchegowda consumed poison and died enroute to hospital.

Madegowda of Kothatti village, also from Mandya district, ended his life on Saturday. He had taken a loan of Rs 3 lakh, which included a gold loan of Rs 90,000 from a nationalised bank and Rs 40,000 from a co-operative bank. He allegedly hanged himself as he did not get good price for his crops.

In Shivamogga district, a 55-year-old farmer Narayanappa died by hanging himself in Rechikoppa village. According to the police, the deceased farmer had gone missing from Thursday. On Saturday morning, his body was found hanging from a tree in the forest on the outskirts of the village.The deceased farmer, who had three acres of land, is said to have borrowed around Rs. 2 lakh from a nationalised bank and from private sources. In the complaint lodged with the Kumsi police, the wife of the deceased farmer said that her husband committed suicide unable to repay the loan.

In Belagavi district, a 55-year-old farmer Bavasab Fakrusab Yendigeri hanged himself from a tree in an agricultural field of some other farmer in his native village Soppadla of Ramdurg taluk. The deceased farmer owned nearly five acres of land.

In Tumakuru, a 45-year-old farmer and a former gram panchayat member committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree on his land at Jogihalli village in Gubbi taluk on Saturday. The police said the deceased, Kempanna, had taken Rs. 40,000 loan from an agricultural cooperative society.

Imappa (47) committed suicide by consuming pesticide at Bangawadi village of Srinivasapura taluk in Kolar district on Saturday. Sources said the deceased’s father Chikka Narayanappa had borrowed loans to the tune of Rs 25,000 from a bank, which he was unable to repay.

Gurumallaiah (48) of Kannegala in Chamarajanagar district committed suicide by consuming pills as he suffered huge losses in agriculture.

Maize grower Basavaraj Olekar (48) of Galpuji village in Byadgi taluk of Haveri district, who consumed poison on Friday, died at the District Hospital on Saturday. Crop failure and debts are said to be the reasons for his suicide, according to his family.

Devendrappa Pavadshettar (52) committed suicide by hanging himslef at his house in Jantli village of Mundargi taluk in Gadag district on Saturday. He had availed loans from moneylenders and banks and suffered crop loss due to lack of rain.

July 24th 2015:

Manjunath (22), a resident of Hosahalli village in the Periyapatna taluk of Mysuru district committed suicide on Friday. His father, Lokesh, had allegedly committed suicide four years ago. Mounting debts forced the young farmer to commit suicide, adding to his families woes. After his father’s death, Manjunath discontinued his studies and started farming. He had borrowed Rs 2 lakh from banks and another Rs 2 lakh from moneylenders to grow tobacco.

Jagadish (35), a native of Mummadi Kaval in Periyapatna taluk of Mysuru district, was living independently from his late father’s household, but was asked to repay the loan taken by his father. However, the police said they had also “received information that Jagadish had taken a loan from moneylenders”. Jagadish had grown tobacco and ginger in a three-acre plot. He ended his life as he couldn’t repay a loan after his crops failed. According to villagers, he was also depressed following the death of his wife due to cardiac arrest. He is survived by two children.

Yogamani (45), wife of tobacco farmer Basavarajappa, succumbed to burns she had suffered after setting herself ablaze at Malali village in K.R. Nagar taluk, Mysore district. Basavarajappa’s mother, Ningajamma, had borrowed Rs. 4 lakh on behalf of her son from a local bank nad was unable to repay it. Yogamani’s (48) husband Basavarja had borrowed Rs 2.65 lakh from a bank and had borrowed money from lenders too. Unable to sell the tobacco grown without permit in Malali, KR Nagar and failing to return the debt, he had slipped into depression. Upset over this, Yogamani killed herself on Thursday. She succumbed to the burns on Friday. 

Two more farmers committed suicide in Mysuru district on Friday. In Hunsur taluk, a 47-year-old debt-ridden farmer committed suicide in Tannegowda Colony.  Shivarajegowda (45) of Sannegowda Colony, Hunsur taluk, committed suicide. He  is survived by his wife and three children. He had borrowed Rs 1.5 lakh from a bank and Rs 2 lakh from moneylenders. The banks had served him a notice recently. According to sources, he was unable to repay the loan and as a result killed himself.

Mariswamy (37), a farmer of Erasavadi in Chamarajanagar taluk (Chamarajanagar district), apart from loans from moneylenders, had pledged gold to buy bullocks. He had grown sugarcane in 2.20 acres. He had borrowed Rs 1 lakh from a nationalised bank and Rs 70,000 from moneylenders and had even pledge gold.Fall in cane prices, borewells going dry and death of his only cattle forced him to end his life, said sources. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Three deaths in Belagavi of Erappa Basavanappa Katkol, around 45 years, of Sattigeri in Soudatti taluk, and farmer Kareppa Lakkappa Govindappagol (35) from Hulikatti village added to the tally in Belagavi district. Fifty-five-year-old Sambhaji Hanumanth Patil of Bekawad, Khanapur taluk, consumed poison at his residence on Wednesday night. He was rushed to a private hospital in Belgavi where he succumbed on Thursday night. The exact reason that pushed Patil to take the extreme step is not known as even his family members are unaware of his financial condition. Irrappa Basappa Kadakol (48) of Sattigeri, Savadatti taluk, hanged himself at his house on Friday. He had taken a loan of Rs 26 lakh from banks and financial institutions. He had also used the money to sink a borewell which later went dry, his family said. Kadakol had cultivated crops in six acres and also in another 12 acres jointly with his siblings. Kadakol is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.

In Ballari district, according to the wife of deceased Jambla Naik (48) in Hagari of Bommanahalli taluk, his crop was damaged in the recent hailstorm and he had taken loans worth Rs. 4.5 lakh. Jymla Naik (48), a cotton farmer from Nagalapura tanda in Hagaribommanahalli taluk, Ballari district, committed suicide by consuming poison at his farm on Friday. It is learnt, Cotton cultivated on 10-acre dry land had withered away due to drastic fall in water table. Jymla Naik had taken loans amounting to Rs 4.8 lakh from nationalised bank and Hampsagar Picard.

In Koppal district, two small farmers — Srinivas (28) in Gangavati taluk, and Mallaiah (28) of Kuntoji in Karatagi taluk — ended their lives allegedly because of mounting debts and crop failure.

Sahadevaiah (48) of Hassan district reportedly borrowed heavily. The farmer from Kaggere in Channarayapatna taluka hanged himself from a tree at his cow shed on Friday. Sahadeva’s brother Shivegowa said his brother had borrowed Rs 75,000 from a cooperative bank and Rs 2 lakh from moneylenders two years ago. Sahadeva took the extreme step as he was unable to repay the loans due to crop loss. He had cultivated vegetables, including potato, brinjal and tomato.

The two suicides reported from Mandya were of sericulture farmers — Puttaswamy (42) and V. Ramesh (45), who had run into losses thanks to the steep fall in silk cocoon procurement prices. Puttaswamy, a sericulture farmer from Dhanagooru, Malavalli, consumed pesticides in his field. According to sources, he killed himself after prices of silk cocoon fell in the market.  According to his family,  the fall in prices and debt were the main reasons for his death. He had borrowed Rs 6 lakh from cooperative banks and private moneylenders.

A grape farmer ended his life by consuming poison at his vineyard at Baba Nagar in Vijayapura taluk on Friday (Bijapur). After the passersby noticed Shankargouda Annasab Biradar (58) frothing at the mouth, they rushed him to a private hospital in Vijayapura. The farmer failed to respond to treatment and died in the hospital on Friday morning. It is said, Shankargouda had taken loans running into Rs 12.65 lakh from various sources. The deceased farmer is survived by wife and two children.

The body of Mahadev Basangouda Patil (48), a farmer from Kalagi in Muddebihal taluk of Vijayapura district (Bijapur) was found in a decomposed state at his sugar cane farm on Thursday night. According to the sources in family, Mahadev had supplied cane to a sugar factory in Bagalkot district. He had not received the payment for 150 tonnes of cane supplied to the factory.

July 23rd 2015:

Two farmers have committed suicide on a single day in Haveri district on Thursday. In the first case, a 38-year-old maize farmer hanged himself at his home in Kerimattihalli (Haveri taluka). The farmer has been identified as Manjappa (Manjunath Bhimakkanavar, 38). According to his family, he owned two acres of land. He had availed a loan of Rs 1 lakh. He ended his life as he was unable to repay the loan due to crop loss.  In Ranebennur, a 56-year-old farmer hanged himself in Medleri. The farmer has been identified as Dileppa (Kenchaller) and had taken a loan of Rs 4 lakh.

Siddeshwara, a 50-year-old farmer hanged himself at his house in Naaduru (Thayappanahatti), Sira taluk on Thursday, in Tumakuru district. He was cultivating a 3 acre land owned by his mother. He had entered into an agreement with an MNC five years ago to raise gherkins and made quick bucks. However, after a few years he suffered losses. His mother had taken a loan of Rs  40,000 from a bank. In 2014, the bank had sent her a notice and on July 17, 2015 it had sent a reminder notice. Meanwhile, she had taken another loan to the tune of Rs 30,000. Whether he committed suicide after seeing the plight of his debt-ridden mother or due to family dispute is yet to be ascertained, police said.   The farmer was also an alcoholic and was often quarrelling with his wife, sources said. He was also harassing his school dropout daughter for money, sources added.

Papegowda (75) of Sollepura, KR Pet Taluk of Mandya district, consumed poison at his land. He had borrowed Rs 80,000 from a cooperative society and Rs 1.5 lakh from moneylenders. They added that his crop failed due to lack of water in his borewell. Mr. Papegowda had been cultivating coconut, vegetables and banana at an area of two acres. About a month back he had borrowed a loan of Rs. 80,000 from a cooperative bank and around Rs. 1 lakh from private financiers to drill a borewell, his relatives reportedly told the police.According to them, Mr. Papegowda was depressed over crop loss and debts.

H B Kempegowda (38) hanged himself from a tree at his land. He was a resident of Bidarhoshalli of Mandya district. He had cultivated sugarcane and mulberry. With the prices of both the crops falling in the market, he was unable to repay his loan of Rs 3.5 lakh.

Lakshmibai attempted suicide by consuming poison in Davangere taluk of Davanagere district on Thursday. She said she took this step as she was wrongly harassed for repayment of a loan by officials of a bank in Harihar. Her husband, Bheemanaik from Obajjihalli village, had obtained a tractor loan in 2008 from the bank in Harihar and had committed suicide in that year as the loan could not be repaid. After his death, the bank officials had seized the tractor engine, trolleys and other farm equipment from their house, his wife Lakshmibai said. Though the loan was cleared, the bank sent Lakshmibai notices regarding its repayment and also filed suits in the Davangere and Harihar courts. “I am illiterate and work in a coffee estate. I have to look after my two children and do not know anything about these court cases,” she said.

July 22nd 2015:

Jevalu Rathod (58), who had taken a loan of more than Rs. 4.5 lakh from private moneylenders, had sought a new loan from a bank in Jeratgi for taking up cultivation on 1.5 acre land at Badanihal tanda in Jewargi of Kalaburagi district (Gulbarga). He killed himself by consuming pesticide after being denied crop loan by a bank on Wednesday.

Santosh Manikraya Chillal (32) consumed poison at his house in Ballur village in Aurad taluk in Bidar district. He had taken loan to the tune of Rs. 7.5 lakh. He tilled the family’s farms spread over 19 acres. He is survived by a daughter. He has three brothers, one of whom works in Bengaluru. The land is owned by Manikraya, the father of the deceased. The family suffered as there was no rain and crop was damaged. Santosh tried to dig two borewells, both of which failed. This added to his debts that he felt were not easily repayable.

Hanumappa Bhimappa Ittannavar (57), who owned two acres at Mallapur village of Ron taluka in Gadag district, consumed poison on Wednesday. According to sources, he was also cultivating on a 15-acre land taken on lease. He had sown groundnut and onion on his field and taken a loan of Rs. 4 lakh from private moneylenders. According to family members, he was upset due to the failure of the monsoon.

Kumar, a 48-year-old debt-ridden farmer consumed poison in Sabbanakuppe in  Srirangapatna of Mandya district. Kumar’s family members said he was depressed after his sugarcane crop failed and was unable to provide treatment for his son suffering from a kidney ailment. He had borrowed Rs 30,000 from a society and Rs 5.5 lakh from moneylenders. He consumed poison at his house on Tuesday.

Yoganandamurthy (34) a farmer was found dead under suspicious circumstances at his house in Ambapura village, Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district on Wednesday. His family members claimed that he had committed suicide. He might have consumed alcohol laced with poison, it is said. The victim’s father, late Basavanna, was a debt-ridden farmer. He had to repay a loan of Rs 86,000, and Rs 1 lakh, to a nationalised bank. The bank had served a notice a year ago. His coconut farm had also gone dry.

Nateshmurthy (32) hanged himself from a tree at Madapura village, HD Kote taluk of Mysuru district here on Wednesday. According to his family members, Natesh left home after dinner saying that he was going to meet a friend. Around 12.30 am, he parked his vehicle near Hairege village and ended his life. Locals noticed his body and informed the police. He had borrowed Rs 60,000.

Siddashetty (45)  committed suicide by consuming poison in Gundlupet taluk of Chamarajanagar district. He had grown sugarcane in 3 acres and suffered crop loss due to lack of water in the borewell.  He had also borrowed Rs 1.5 lakh from moneylenders and was under severe pressure from them to return the loan, sources said.

A sugarcane grower attempted suicide by consuming poison after elephants destroyed his standing crop at Kallahatti village in H D Kote taluk (Mysore district) on Tuesday. Ravi Nayaka (30) had grown sugarcane in his two acres and was all set to harvest it in a few days. He had availed a loan of Rs 3 lakh. He was rushed to KR Hospital where is recuperating.

July 21st 2015:

Chandre Gowda (47), a farmer and native of Javarikoplu in Holenarsipur taluk of Hassan district, who attempted to commit suicide by consuming an insecticide on July 16, breathed his last here on Tuesday; he was admitted to Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences in Hassan for treatment. He had consumed the insecticide he bought for the tobacco crop in his farm. He has left behind wife, two sons and a daughter. Mr. Gowda had cultivated tobacco in three acres of his land and suffered crop loss due to poor rain. He had taken a loan of Rs. 4.5 lakh from Kaveri Grameena Bank’s branch at Doddakadanuru and had borrowed private loan.

Suresh, a 32-year-old farmer committed suicide in a village in Srinivaspur taluk in Kolar district on Tuesday. Suresh, son of farmer Shivanna of Jigachintapalli village under Gownipalli police limits reportedly took the extreme step as he could not repay around Rs. 4 lakh he had borrowed for agricultural purposes. He was apparently upset as the tube-well dug failed to yield water. Suresh is said to have taken loans from private money lenders. His body was found hanging from a tree in his land.

July 20th 2015:

Mahendra alias Mayappa, a 45-year-old sugarcane farmer, who had been missing since 3 days, was found dead at his farmland at Aralakuppe of Pandavapura taluk in Mandya. He committed suicide by consuming pesticide. Mahendra had cultivated sugarcane on two acres and taken a gold loan of Rs. 50,000 from a bank and some people he knew. There were no buyers for his produce as activities at sugar mills and ‘aalamanes’ (traditional jaggery making units) have been suspended.

Suresh, a farmer committed suicide in a village in Srinivaspur taluk in Kolar district. Suresh had borrowed Rs. 4 lakh from moneylenders, which he could not repay. Adding to his troubles, a tube-well he dug had failed.

Raju, a 30-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide by hanging his house in Honnegowdanadoddi of Kunigal taluk in Tumakuru district. Raju had taken a loan of Rs. 50,000 from Kaveri Kalpataru bank and the amount had increased to Rs. 98,000 with interest. He had also taken Rs. 3 lakh from private moneylenders. His father had three acres of land. One acre had been set aside for sericulture and ragi was grown on the remaining land. Two days ago, private moneylenders told him to repay their loan in front of village residents at a tea shop. On learning of the incident, his wife and mother also urged him to repay the loan, leading to heated arguments in the house. Humiliated by this, he allegedly committed suicide by hanging.

Another debt-ridden small farmer Agasara Mallaiah (50) committed suicide at his residence in Kappagal village in Ballari taluk on Monday night. This is the fourth incident in the past two months in Ballari district. Mallaiah, who owned a two-acre piece of land, had availed a loan of Rs. 2 lakh, including Rs. 60,000 taken from a bank. The cotton crop he had cultivated had failed. He had also borrowed money for the marriages of three of his five children, according to his relatives.

In Mysuru, N.R. Devanand (40), who had issued a signed blank cheque as surety to secure loan from a moneylender, committed suicide at Nida village in Kodagu district on Sunday. When the cheque bounced and a case was registered against him, an ashamed Devanand hanged himself at his farm. (Story from another paper: At Nidtha in Somwarpet, a farmer hanged himself. Devanand (40), had availed of a loan of Rs 1 lakh from a moneylender. When he was unable to repay, the lender filed a suit in the JMFC Court for Rs 6 lakh under the Negotiable Instruments Act. Following this, Devanand killed himself. He is survived by his wife and two children.)

In Mandya, mounting debt drove Rangegowda (70) to suicide on Monday. Rangegowda of Bellenahalli village at Santhe Bachhalli Hobli, KR Pet taluk, had grown cowpea and gingelly on 5.7 acres. He had borrowed Rs 60,000 from Kaveri Grameen Bank to sink a borewell, and Rs 4 lakh from private moneylenders for his children’s marriage. He left home after lunch on Monday and his daughter Manjula found him dead on his field. According to family members, he was depressed.

A sericulture farmer Shashikumar (35) also ended his life at his residence in Ramanagaram district as he was depressed after incurring a huge loss.

Dundu Kadoli (65) of Savadi village in Athani taluk (Belagavi district) consumed pesticide in his house on Monday morning and died on the way to a hospital. Kadoli had three acres, of which two acres were barren. He had lost the crop, which he had grown in his remaining acre. Kadoli had availed of Rs 1.5-lakh loan from KVG Bank at Hipperagi, Rs 40,000 from the Agriculture Cooperative Credit Bank, Rs 25,000 from Laxmi Cooperative Bank and about Rs 4 lakh from private moneylenders and friends. Kadoli is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son.

Farmer Tatappa Anagouda Patil (36) of Yaranal village in Hukkeri taluk (Belagavi) , who was undergoing treatment at KHI Hospital at Ghataprabha in Gokak taluk after consuming posion four days ago, died on Sunday night. Patil had availed of Rs 2 lakh loan from PKPS and moneylenders. His family members alleged that Patil had ended his life following harassment from the lenders.

In Belagavi, a farmer attempted to end his life by consuming poison at Bailhongal taluk on Saturday. Basavaraj Adiveppa Mavinkatti (30) of Jakanayakanakoppa village was rushed to a hospital and is out of danger. Basavaraj had grown sugarcane in one acre from his 5 acres. He had supplied 16 tonnes of cane to Malaprabha Cooperative Sugar factory for which he was given Rs 1,800 instead of Rs 2,650 per tonne. He had availed a loan of Rs 7.5 lakh to purchase a tractor and had paid interest of Rs 2.30 lakh in the last three years. But he was scared over the mounting interest on the loan.

July 19th 2015:

Two farmers, one from Kalghatagi (Dharwad) and the other from Chinnamulgund (Haveri), killed themselves after they were caught in the debt trap. Both Ningappa Gudihal (22) of Tavargeri village of Kalghatagi and Ramappa Lamani (55) of Chinnamulagund tanda (Hirekarur taluka), Haveri, died in a similar fashion. They consumed poison on Saturday evening in their farmland and died in hospital on Sunday. Ningappa had grown sugarcane, maize and paddy on four acres of land. He borrowed Rs 3.5 lakh from various sources -Rs 1 lakh from the Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank, Rs 50,000 from a cooperative bank and over Rs 1 lakh from private moneylenders. “All crops had withered due to inadequate rain. He didn’t show his worries. But on Saturday evening, he left the house and committed suicide,” said Channappa, Ningappa’s brother. In Haveri, Shivu Lamani, relative of Ramappa, said the farmer had pinned all his hopes on his cabbage and maize crops. He had taken a loan of Rs 1 lakh from Syndicate Bank, Rs 1 lakh from Grameena Bank and around %Rs 50,000 from moneylenders. “Last year, he earned some profit from his produce and hoped to repeat the sucess this year, too. He investing Rs 80,000 in his crop, but suffered a huge loss. He was forced to sell his produce at Rs 1 per kg. His maize crop, too, failed due to insufficient rain.” Ramappa had been distraught for a week and was it finding it difficult to face bankers and moneylenders.

July 18th 2015:

In Kalaburagi district, a 48-year-old farmer hanged himself at his house on Friday night. The police identified the deceased as Narayanreddy alias Manikreddy, a native of Rajapur village, Chittapur taluk. According to the family, the farmer owned four acres and had availed a loan of Rs 80,000 from a nationalised bank. He had recently received a notice from the bank asking him to repay the loan. He had cultivated green gram and urad dal. However, his crop failed due to poor rains.

Somappa Motilal Lamani (45 years) of Kalmad village, Ramdurg taluk in Belagavi district, committed suicide by touching a live electric wire at his field on Friday night. According to his family members, Lamani had taken a loan of Rs 1.20 lakh from a private finance company at Bailhongal three years ago. He had repaid Rs 30,000 and couldn’t repay the remaining amount due to crop failure. The sources further added that Lamani was harassed by the finance company.

In Mandya district,  a 50-year-old farmer killed himself by consuming poison. The victim has been identified as Hunche Gowda, a native of Banagagadi village, Pandavapura taluk. Gowda owned 2.5 acres in the rain-fed area of the taluk and had obtained a loan to sink a borewell. He had plans to cultivate horticulture crops. However, the borewell did not yield water and he was under pressure to repay the loan, sources said.

Dyava Erapa Naik (65) of Koppa village in Unchalli Gram Panchayat area in Sirsi taluk (Uttara Kannada district) committed suicide by jumping into a well near his paddy field on Thursday, according to report on Saturday. He had reportedly taken loan from Primary Land Development Bank and had recently received a notice for repayment of the loan. Naik is survived by wife, a son and a daughter.

Halappa, a 55-year-old farmer committed suicide in Nandihalli of Tumakuru taluka in Tumakuru district on Saturday morning. He has been identified as Halappa, who had taken a Rs. 3-lakh loan from private moneylenders.

TUMAKURU DISTRICT DEATHS REPORTED SO FAR: Hallappa (60) of Nandihalli (Tumakuru taluk), Arun Kumar (32) of Kotta (Siri taluk) and Vedamurthy (31) of Konemadenahalli (Gubbli taluk). He also called on the family of Rangswamaiah (50) of Narayanakere (Tumakuru taluk), who had committed suicide on July 14, and K Ramakrishna (40) of Bandakunte (Sira taluk), who had ended his life on June 29. Including the suicide of D H Hareesh (25) of Dommathamari (Pavagada taluk) on May 23 and G D Anil  of Doddakopalu on July 14, the district has reported seven cases of farmer suicides since April this year.

July 17th 2015:

Dyava Ira Naik (65) a debt-ridden farmer committed suicide by jumping into an open well at Kalli village near Banavasi of Sirsi taluk (Uttara Kannada) on Wednesday night. It is said that the manager of Sirsi Taluk Primary Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank had got a court notice issued to Naik to repay Rs 47,500 loaned from the bank. It is suspected that as Naik was unable to repay the loan, he ended his life. His body was found in the open well by his family members.

T K Shivanna, a 49-year-old farmer committed suicide at Thimmakapura village, Periyapatna taluk of Mysuru district on Thursday. He had cultivated ginger and tobacco in 4.5 acres. Shivanna had borrowed Rs 7 lakh from a bank and Rs 5 lakh from private moneylenders. Unable to repay, he consumed poison at his farm. He is survived by his wife and two children.

July 16th 2015:

Hombaiah (52) of Mole village in Mandya taluk ended his life by consuming pills at his agriculture land on Wednesday night. He owned one acre. According to his family members, Hombaiah had borrowed Rs 1.5 lakh from private moneylenders for his crops. But due to monsoon failure he could not start cultivation. It is said that he used the money for other purposes. When the moneylenders asked him to repay the money, he killed himself.

Neelavva Dhansing Lamani (50) of Akkigunda in Shirahatti Taluk of Gadag district hanged herself in her house. She was engaged in farming on her two-and-half acre land and reportedly had an outstanding a loan of Rs. 70,000 in Syndicate Bank. She had sown groundnut for the kharif season and a poor monsoon had dashed her hopes of getting a good yield, sources said.

Somanna Kotrappa Jainar (65) of Hadagali Bavanuru in Shirahatti Taluk of Gadag district committed suicide on Wednesday by consuming poison. Somanna owned three acres of land and reportedly had an outstanding loan of Rs. 1 lakh from Canara Bank. According to sources, Somanna was upset especially after he lost three bullocks one after the other.

E. Ningappa (42) a small farmer from Bellary, committed suicide by hanging himself after he was unable to bear the crop loss. He was worried about loan repayment too. Ningappa owned 2.73 acre of dry land and had obtained Rs. 30,000 as loan from Pragathi Krishna Gramin Bank in 2009. Due to crop loss, he was unable to repay the loan. Unable to bear the stress, he became an alcoholic. This year, he cultivated cotton and incurred losses. He is from G Kodihalli in H B Halli taluk. 

Madhu, a 26-year-old farmer is suspected to have committed suicide by consuming poison. He is a resident of Arechakanahalli  of Maddur taluk in Mandya district. Madhu had been missing since July 12. He was found dead on Wednesday by his father who had gone to the fields to irrigate the crops. Madhu owned 30 guntas and had leased two acres on which he had grown sugarcane and mulberry. Madhu reportedly killed himself due to the falling prices of sugarcane and silk, the price of which fell from Rs 350 to Rs 150 per kg. According to his family members, he had borrowed Rs 6 lakh from private moneylenders, and around Rs 30,000 from a co-operative society.

Ningegowda (60) a mulberry grower of Dyapasandra village in Mandya taluk hanged himself to death. He had cultivated mulberry on 1.5 acres. He had borrowed Rs 75,000 from State Bank of Mysore, Hallegere, and Rs 3.5 lakh from private moneylenders. The bank had served him a notice a couple of days ago.

In Davangere district, a 46-year-old farmer committed suicide by hanging at his house due to crop loss. (NO MORE DETAILS GIVEN).

July 15th 2015:

Annappa Balappa Gowda, a 28-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in Kokatnur village of Athani taluk in Belagavi district. It is said that Annappa Balappa Gowda could not cope up and sustain the losses from farming, pressure of repayment of existing loans to banks and private money lenders and delay in payment by a sugar factory. The body of Annappa Balappa Gowda was found hanging to a neem tree in his agriculture field. The deceased farmer was the eldest among four sons of Baleppa Gowda, whose family owned four acres of agricultural non-irrigable land. The total loan stood at about Rs.2.50-Rs.3 lakh, including Rs.1.50 lakh from KVG Bank, Rs.50,000 from a cooperative society, besides hand loans from relatives and friends. Recently, he had spent nearly Rs.80,000 on borewells, which however, did not yield water and the money went down the drain.

Two farmers, Siddesh (35) of Koonabevu village and Giriyappa of Kondlahalli village hung themselves from trees, from Chitradurga and Molkalmuru talukas (resp.) of Chitradurga district. Giriyappa, a sericulturist, had cultivated mulberry plants in an area of 13 acres and had a debt of Rs 8 lakh drawn from banks and loans from private financiers. The silk worming failed and Giriyappa was unable to repay debts. Drought from the last four years and lack of proper compensation for the loss of crop also played its part. Siddesh had taken money from a private financier. He had gotten into a fight with his family too on the day he committed suicide.

Two more farmers, from Tumkur district also committed suicide on this day: 21-year-old Anil and Rangswami (50). Anil of Doddakoppalu village near Huliyurudurga consumed pesticide after losses in his sericulture farm. He was engaged in sericulture on four acres of dry land and had taken 1 more acre of irrigated land on lease from another farmer. He suffered a huge loss as the price of silk dropped from Rs 350 per kg to Rs 120. He had taken a gold loan of Rs 2.8 lakh from Canara Bank by mortgaging ornaments, Rs 2 lakh from a private money lender and Rs 50,000 from a bank. Rangswami was cultivating ragi on land that he had taken on lease and suffered losses from the crops. He had also taken money from moneylenders to get a house under a government scheme. He was found hanging from a tree at Narayanakere village near Hebburu on Tuesday. He did not have any land in his name but had taken one-and-half acre of land on lease and had grown ragi on it. He had four daughters and two of them have been married.

In Raichur district, Venkappa Harijan (45) a farmer from Uppar Nandihal village of Lingsugur taluk committed suicide by consuming poison. (Venkappa Harijan who consumed pesticide three days ago, died on Tuesday. According to villagers, the victim had taken a loan of Rs. 2 lakh).

In Haveri, Nagappa of Kallapur village in Byadgi taluk, ended his life on a railway track near Yalavagi village in Savanur taluk. Family members say he had availed of a bank loan of Rs 2 lakh and borrowed Rs 1 lakh from private financiers. Relatives say he took this step after he was unable to repay these loans.

In Mandya, Suresh (52), a farmer from Doddakayathanahalli in K R Pet taluk, committed suicide by hanging himself in his house. Suresh owned 8 acres of dry land  had borrowed Rs 1.5 lakh from a bank and  Rs 4 lakh from private financiers to drill a borewell. He was pushed into the financial crisis as the water table depleted and his bore well dried up. Crash in prices of tomato and banana put him further into debt.

Kumar (45), a farmer from Harave village in Pandavapura taluk (Mandya district) attempted suicide by consuming poison near Pandavapura bus stand. Kumar, who owns 25 guntas, has borrowed over Rs 3 lakh and was under pressure from moneylenders.

July 14th 2015:

Mahadevappa Gangannavar of Aladageri village in Haveri district, who consumed pesticide, was admitted to a hospital in Davangere, where he died on Monday. According to his family members, Gangannavar had borrowed Rs 1.50 lakh from a bank and Rs 1.50 lakh from moneylenders but was unable to repay them. He was 70 years old.

Eshwar (Manikappa) Biradar (43) from Madargaon of Humanabad taluk in Bidar also used pesticide to kill himself.  Biradar had borrowed Rs 2 lakh from SBH and PKPS but failed to repay the amount due to crop loss.

Kumar (32) from Valagere village in Nanjangud taluk of Mysuru district killed himself by consuming pills. He is survived by his wife, a nine-month-old baby and aged parents. Kumar had borrowed money from private lenders but was unable to repay them. He had sowed cotton in 1.5 acres and was in depression following poor rain that affected germination of the seeds. Unable to make ends meet, he borrowed some money. According to his family, he had also taken loans from self-help groups in the village.

Santosh, 27-year-old farmer from Ijjalagatta village in Nagamangala taluk of Mandya committed suicide by consuming poison on Monday. Santosh was growing sugarcane, potato and tomato. His father had taken a loan of Rs 4 lakh but Santosh could not repay it.

Basavaraj Kudari (28), a debt-ridden farmer from Kabbenur village in Dharwad taluk killed himself by consuming poison on Monday. He had grown green gram and onion in a four-acre land jointly owned with his brother. He had taken a loan of Rs 1.5 lakh from a bank and private lenders. But crop loss led Basavaraj to depression.

Siddesh (40) of Koonabevu village in Chitradurga taluk hung himself at his house. According to his family members he had borrowed about Rs five lakh from banks and an equal sum from private persons.

Rudragowda Patil, a 39-year-old debt-ridden farmer tried to commit suicide by consuming poison in his field in Babruvada village in Kundagol taluk, Dharwad district, on Monday. According to sources, Rudragowda Patil had taken a loan of `2 lakh from financial institutions and `1 lakh from a private moneylender. He was suffering from depression due to crop loss. Rudragowda had sowed cotton in his five-acre land.

Bhujanga Shetty, a farmer with his wife and three children attempted suicide by consuming poison at Melinabaise village attached to  Yadur gram panchayat in Shivamogga, after a bank reportedly refused to sanction him loan. Bhujanga Shetty had borrowed Rs six lakh from a bank in Yadur, but defaulted in repayment. However, he had repaid the sum with interest totalling to Rs 12 lakh during a Lok Adalat. He again approached the bank for loan which rejected his request. The neighbours rescued the family.

July 12th 2015:

Ramakrishna (35), a resident of Aipanahalli of Krishnaraj Pet taluka of Mandya district hung himself to death in his house. He had borrowed loan from a bank and other sources. Recently, he had sunk a borewell by borrowing money, but the borewell did not yield water.

Chinnaswamy (45) of Kempikoppalu (Mandya district) had sown brinjal on his land. The crop failed due to pest attack. He had borrowed money from private persons for agriculture purpose and the creditors are said to be demanding him for repayment. He ended his life by consuming pesticide while his wife, Lathamani, has made an attempt on her life by swallowing sleeping tablets. She has been admitted to the government hospital in Krishnarajapet.

Prakash (31) was found dead, hanging from the ceiling in his house in Doddapalya village of Srirangapatna taluk, Mandya district. He owned 20 guntas of land, which he had leased out. He was working as a farm labourer and is said to have borrowed money from private persons.

Shivanna (36) committed suicide by consuming poison at Sadolalu village of Maddur taluk (Mandya district). He owned 2.5 acre of land and had supplied sugar cane to a factory. The factory had not paid him the full amount towards the purchase. He had also borrowed Rs one lakh from a bank and Rs 2.5 lakh from moneylenders.

Shivaruderegowda (32), a farmer from Gangavadi village in Chamarajnagar taluk (of Chamarajanagar district) ended his life by consuming pesticide a his land. He is said to have borrowed Rs 50,000 from a bank and Rs four lakh from private persons. He had sunk three borewells in his 1.16-acre land and all the three did not yield water. Gowda had lost sugar cane crop grown on his land. (see this report also).

Twenty-eight-year-old Hanamantha Thimmanna Dasara hung himself to death at his hut in Shirola village of Mudhol taluk in Bagalkot district. He is said to have borrowed around Rs three lakh from banks and an equal sum from private persons.

Channayaswamy (45) committed suicide hanging himself from a tree in Talwad village of Bhalki taluk in Bidar district. He had borrowed Rs 75,000 from a bank and Rs four lakh from private persons. He hailed from Mangalgi village of Humnabad taluk.

July 11th 2015:

Sannaswamy Gowda, 45, of Mudala Koppal village in Kasaba hobli of Hunsur taluk (Mysuru district) died after consuming pesticide at home. He had taken a loan of Rs 83,000 from Vijaya Bank. His relatives said Gowda had also taken loans from private moneylenders.

Sangappa, 33, of Channasoge village in Hanagodu hobli, is fighting for life in a private hospital in Mysuru after consuming pesticide. Police said Sangappa had borrowed around Rs 7 lakh from private financiers and attempted suicide after he failed to repay it.

Veerupakshappa Betageri, 55, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Tarihal village, Hubballi district. Police said the farmer’s soybean crop failed this year, pushing him into debt.He had reportedly taken a loan of Rs 5 lakh from moneylenders and was struggling to repay it.

Mahadev Nayak, 55 years, Hura village, Nanjungud taluka, Mysuru district. He had grown cotton on two acres and had borrowed money for the marriage of his daughter.

In Kempammana Hosuru village, Hunsur taluk (Mysuru district), Swamy Gowda (35) hanged himself from a tree. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

In Chitradurga, Rangappa (38), of Panajur village in Holalkere taluk, hanged himself in his house. According to police sources, Rangappa was debt-ridden as his maize crop had failed due to heavy rains. He owed lenders `1.75 lakh.

Srimant Karamagi (30), a farm labourer hanged himself at Astagi village, Kalaburagi taluk.

Shekharagouda Kotragouda Salamaralli (55) ended his life by consuming poison in Siddapura village of Karatagi taluk in Koppal district. Landless, taken 10 acres on lease. Crops failed due to untimely rains.

July 10th 2015:

Nanjundaiah, 60 years, hanged himself in his house in  Doddakanahalli of Madappanakoppalu village at Maddur taluk of Mandya district, after a sugar factory refused to buy his matured crop on 2.5 acres and a jaggery unit offered a meagre sum. Arrears of Rs. 80000/- from last year not paid.  6 daughters and 2 sons.

Shivanand Chandappa Koggi, 42 years, consumed pesticides in Annigeri town in Navalgund taluk, Dharwad district.

Ranga Naik (38) of Ambapura village in Huliyar consumed pesticide and attempted suicide (Tumkur district). Grew coconut on 5 acres and suffered losses due to lack of irrigation.

July 9th 2015:

Sunanda, Jayanti, Kannamma and Parvatamma, who are relatives, of H Malligere village of Mandya district attempted suicide, and were said to have been depressed over sugar factories refusing to buy the produce.

July 6th 2015:

Basappa Shille (40 years) from K. Basapur village in Sindhanur taluk, Raichur district hanged himself at his house after he was unable to repay a loan of Rs. 4 lakh. He hanged himself after his paddy crop failed. He had taken loans up to Rs 4 lakh from banks and was depressed as he could not repay them.

Srinivas (55) committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree on his field in Adaguru, K R Nagar (Mysuru district). The victim’s family say he had taken a loan of `5 lakh, including a gold loan of `1.5 lakh and `2 lakh from moneylenders. He had supplied 130 tonnes of sugarcane to a factory in K R Pet but did not receive payment

July 5th 2015:

Parasappa Yallappa Sampagavi (35), committed suicide by consuming pesticide at his native Ganeshwadi in Gokak in Belagavi district. Parasappa is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter, besides parents. The reason for the suicide is said to be his inability to manage mounting interest on loans and delay in payment of sugarcane bills. Parasappa had an outstanding loan of Rs. 2.5 lakh taken from Syndicate and Arihant banks in Ghataprabha, since over five years. This included Rs. 60,000 taken from the local Mahila Sangh to buy a buffalo, which died four months ago. Earlier, he and his brother, Siddaram, had spent nearly Rs. 40,000 to dig a borewell, which did not yield water, he said.

Puttaswamy Gowda (53) of Haruvanahalli village in Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan died at the Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) in Bellur on Sunday night (5th July). He had recently consumed poison unable to repay debts.

July 4th 2015:

Paramanna Madivalappa Tilagul (48) of Mudanur village  in Surpur taluk of Yadgir district consumed pesticide – the deceased had availed a loan of Rs. 1.18 lakh from a nationalised bank to cultivate cotton crop on 13 acres of land. According to some residents, he also availed a loan of Rs. 6 lakh from others to develop the land. He had been unable to repay the loans owing to the price crash.

Basavarajappa (55), a farmer from Lakkemakthenhalli village in Davangere taluk, who had consumed poison a fortnight ago, breathed his last in Davangere on Saturday (July 4th 2015).

B. Pradeep (38) of Doddatharahalli in K.R. Pet taluk (mandya dist), who allegedly attempted suicide by consuming poison at a farmland in Nagarabindenahalli on Wednesday night, died in a hospital in Hassan district on Thursday.

July 3rd 2015:

Tobacco farmer Raje Gowda (52) of Kirangur in Hunsur taluk (mysuru district), committed suicide on Wednesday night (July 3rd) by hanging.

Farmer Nagendrappa Talwar (56) from Yaddalli in Sedam taluk in Kalaburagi district, who had consumed pesticide on Tuesday, died at a private hospital in Sedam.

July 2nd 2015:

K.P. Puttannaiah (60) was found hanging from ceiling in his house at Karagane near Balehonnur in Koppa taluk in Chikkamagaluru district. He is survived by wife and three daughters. The farmer had loan up to Rs. Two lakh, borrowed from two banks. His family had five acres of coffee estate, besides another two acres of agriculture land. According to his relatives and family members he was worried over loans and that was the reason for his extreme step.

July 1st 2015:

Karigowda, 50, a resident of Maraduru Mudala Koppalu in Bettadapura village of Periyapatna taluk in Mysuru district, consumed poison at his farm after failing to repay a loan of Rs 2 lakh borrowed from private financiers and Rs 1 lakh from Kaveri Gramina Bank. Karigowda was growing tobacco on his 25-gunta land.

Shankaregowda, 45, a resident of Hirikalale village of KR Pet taluk in Mandya district, consumed poison at home. According to his wife Jayamma, four months ago, he had dug a borewell on his 1-acre land for which he spent about Rs 1 lakh. But the borewell didn’t yield water.

In Hassan district’s Channarayapatna taluk, Krishnappa, 66, allegedly hanged himself inside a cattle shed near his residence. He was found by his family members in the morning when they went to milk the cows.

June 30th 2015: 

Krishna, 32 years, Singamaranahalli, Hunsur, Mysuru district. 30 acres of land, rainfed cultivation of sesamum and many other crops. Borewell failed. Committed suicide by hanging. Survived by wife and 2 daughters. Another report talks about sugarcane cultivation and loans of 14 lakhs from two cooperatives.

June 29th 2015:

Mahesh (35) of Panakanahalli in Mandya district killed himself after the sugarcane crop on his one-acre land withered away. Mahesh was cultivating sugarcane and paddy on his two-and-a-half-acre plot. He is survived by his widowed mother and two younger sisters. He is said to have borrowed huge sums of money for his sisters’ marriage. After his debtors served notices on him, Mahesh pawned gold ornaments, sold one acre of land and entered into an agreement to sell another 20 guntas. He paid Rs 30,000 to his creditors by selling paddy a few days ago. Mahesh was worried about his loans despite all his efforts.

Basavarajappa (52) of Bannangadi village of Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district died after consuming pesticide. Basavarajappa was a horticulturist with three acres of land.

Bhoganandishwarappa (55) of Gidaganahalli village of Gauribidanur taluk of Chikkaballapur district, committed suicide by consuming pesticide. He was upset about his borewell’s below-par water yield. The borewell wasn’t yielding water regularly though it reached a depth of 800 ft. The farmer got the bore re-drilled eight months ago. On May 25, a third round of drilling was carried out. On Friday (June 26th), he installed a new pump. On Sunday, there was no power and he couldn’t ascertain if the borewell was yielding water. His two sons returned home from the fields, but Bhoganandishwarappa stayed back. Around midnight, he reportedly called up one of his sons and told him the borewell yield was still not enough to grow paddy or ragi. On Monday, Bhoganandishwarappa’s sons went to the field to find their father dead.

Teekappa (54) and his wife Jankamma (43) in Choradi village, near Kumsi, Shivamogga district, attempted suicide by swallowing pesticide on Monday, after rain destroyed their crop.

Subash (39) of Agrahara Layout in KR Pet town allegedly attempted suicide as he was dejected over a sugar factory not paying his dues. He grows sugarcane in 2.24 acres of land.

June 27th 2015:

Shivalinge Gowda (45)  committed suicide by consuming pesticide in Siddegowdana Hundi in Mysuru district. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son and parents. The farmer, who has been suffering crop losses for the past two years, had grown cotton and marigold on four acres falling on the fringes of the forests in Ullahalli police station limits.

H.L. Shivalingegowda alias Kumar (35), allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the well at his farmland in Honnanayakana Halli of Mandya district.

June 26th 2015:

Jagadish Kadeganni (32) of Kooragund village in Haveri taluk, Haveri district committed suicide by consuming poison. Jagadish had eight acres of land out of which a part has been acquired for the Upper Tunga Project. However, like other farmers whose land has been acquired for the project, he too has not received the compensation.

June 25th 2015:

Farmer Ninge Gowda (50 years) committed suicide by setting his sugarcane field in Pandavapura in Mandya district on fire and jumping into it, as he was unable to pay back loan after he suffered loss due to nearby mills not buying his crop. Survived by a differently abled son.

June 19th 2015:

C Rajendra (66) hanged himself in Chinnenahalli of Srirangapatna taluk of Mandya district.

News on July 25th 2015 about this family:

Madhu, who is struggling to come to terms with his father Rajendra’s death, is now feeling the heat of moneylenders. Rajendra, a farmer of Chinnenahalli village in Srirangapatna, had committed suicide more than a month ago, after running up huge debts. One phone call on his cell phone makes Madhu tense with the fear of moneylenders, who had sucked the life out of his father, coming after him for money. The once jovial Madhu, usually found to be moving around with his friends, now spends most of his time with his widowed mother Sunanda in the thotti mane (a Mysuru style house). “We were given time for 15 days after my father committed suicide. We were hopeful the financiers would not trouble us as my father had paid them interest three days before he hanged himself from a tree in the fields. But, they have been sending word for money since the 12th day ceremony,” says Madhu.

June 8th 2015:

Gurunath Mallappa Chapgaon who committed suicide in his village Badal Ankalgi on June 8 allegedly due to delay in payment of dues by a sugar mill.

June 7th 2015:

Channegowda, a 50-year-old farmer in Thimmojanahalli of Doddaballapur taluk committed suicide by consuming pesticide on June 7. He is survived by wife, a son and two daughters, who are married. Gowda owned half an acre of land and had taken one more acre on lease for growing vegetables. He lost his crops to hailstorm.

June 1st to July 7th 2015: The New Indian Express collated reports to find 38 farmer suicides being reported between June 1 and July 7. Sugarcane has brought sorrow to the families of nine farmers. Also among those who killed themselves are seven who had cultivated paddy, six who had banked on cotton and four who had lost heavily in maize farming. As for the suicides reported since June 1, Mandya with six is the worst-hit, followed by Mysuru and Haveri with five each, and Hassan with four.

As per the government, 21 farmers committed suicide from April to July 1st, as stated by the Karnataka Chief Minister in the Assembly.

From April till July 10 this year, as many as 52 farmers have reportedly committed suicide. The highest has been in Mandya district, which is a sugarcane, ragi and paddy belt. The districtwise break-up of suicides is as follows: Mandya – 9; Mysuru – 7; Haveri – 6; Chikkamagaluru and Raichur – 4 each; Kalaburagi, Hassan and Yadgir – 3each; Belavagi,  Bidar, Ramanagar – 2 each and one each in Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru, Koppal, Vijayapura, Dharwad, Ballari and Bengaluru Rural, as per the information available with the Agriculture department.

Ningappa Hosmani, who was physically challenged, consumed poison in his native village Yedrami in Jewargi taluk, Kalaburgi district.

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