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Kerala farmer commits suicide.

Kerala farmer commits suicide.

 Jun 23, 2017

A farmer suicide has been reported from Kerala too, Joy alias Thomas  committed suicide on Tuesday by hanging in front of the Chembanod  village office in Kozhikode district. ccording to members of Joy's family, the farmer was forced to end his life due to harassment by revenue officials.

The incident shocked Kerala. All political parties have condemned the alleged harassment by revenue officials. Already, a village assistant named Sireesh has been forthwith placed under suspension. The suspension was on the basis of the preliminary report submitted to the state government by the District Collector who probed the incident.  State Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan said that the suicide was quite unfortunate .

Joy had been approaching the village officer for payment of land tax. But there was some dispute between him and the village office regarding the amount to be remitted. This prompted Joy   to stage a sit-in strike in front of the village office the other day. But the village authorities did not relent. This culminated in the suicide by the farmer. He was found hanging near the gate of the village office, according to police sources. The body was sent for post mortem.

Meanwhile Joy's widow Molly alleged that the village assistant Sireesh had demanded bribe from Joy.

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