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Agriculture Ministry Investigating Farmer 'Suicides Due To Lack of Irrigation'

Agriculture Ministry logo || Photo: Collected

Agriculture Ministry logo || Photo: Collected

The Ministry of Agriculture has formed a four-member committee to probe into the 'suicide' of two farmers in Rajshahi due to a lack of irrigation water. The newly formed committee will have to submit its report within a week.

The joint secretary of the ministry Md Abu Jubayer Hossain Bablu has been made the convener of this committee. The other members of the committee are Rajshahi District Commissioner and Magistrate Abdul Jalil, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) Natore Executive Engineer Mohammad Sajjad Hossain and Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) Naogaon Executive Engineer Mohammad Shamser Ali.

The ministry said the committee was formed on the basis of two reports published by two media outlets on March 24 and 26, respectively.

Agriculture Secretary Mohammad Sayedul Islam said at a function at the secretariat on Tuesday (March 29) that the committee has been asked to submit an investigation report within the next seven working days. The committee has gone to the spot at the moment. They are investigating, as well as the police.

On March 24, Robi Marandi, 32, and his cousin Abhinath Marandi, 30, a member of the Santal community of Nimghatu village in Godagari Upazila of Rajshahi, drank poison in front of Shakhawat Hossain, a deep tubewell operator of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA).

Abhinath died at around 9 pm on the same day, and Robi died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) two days later.

Their families claim that they decided to commit suicide out of resentment that Shakhawat had not given them their serial numbers for a long time to supply irrigation water to their land in Ishwarpur.

Abhinath Mardi's wife Rozina Hemram filed a case alleging incitement to suicide. It is said that two people commit suicide by drinking poison after not getting irrigation water in the paddy field.

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