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Farmer couple attempts suicide in Odisha: Wife dead, husband critical

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Berhampur: While the wife died, husband in critical condition after the couple attempted suicide in Sundarapalli village under Dharakote Police Station area in Ganjam district on Sunday.

Crop loss and loan burden is suspected to be behind the farmer couple ending their life.

According to reports, the couple identified as Kabiraj Barad and wife Laxmi Barad consumed poison this morning and turned critical. Relatives of the couple rushed them first to Aska Community Health Centre (CHC) where doctors declared Laxmi dead.

Later, Kabiraj was shifted to MKCG Medical College in Berhampur as his health condition deteriorated.

While the exact reason behind the suicide of the couple is yet to be ascertained, their family members informed that Kabiraj suffered a crop loss this year. He is a sharecropper and had borrowed huge amount of money from different sources for farming, the growing loan burden could have driven him to take the extreme step along with wife.

Dharakote Police have reached Aska CHC and investigating into the incident.

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