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Six ryots end lives

By Our Special Correspondent

RAJAHMUNDRY, JUNE 8. Two farmers -- Thotakura Sattibabu (28) of Madhavarayudupalem in Kadiam mandal, and Pappula Papayya (60) of the Nallacheruvu village in Inavilli mandal -- committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Monday and Tuesday.

According to villagers, Papayya's loans had mounted to Rs. 2.5 lakhs. He is survived by two sons and three daughters. Sattibabu, who had a three-year-old son and nine-month-old daughter, reportedly had agricultural loans to the tune of Rs. 60,000.

This takes to five the suicides by farmers in the East Godavari district after the announcement of relief packages. However, officials have found none of the families of the previous three to be eligible for help.

In another incident, Akula Chakramma (40), a member of the village panchayat of Lingaparthi village in Yeleswaram mandal and wife of a farmer under debt, administered pesticide to her daughters -- P. Varalakshmi and Akula Mani -- before consuming some herself. While Chakramma died on spot, her daughters are said to be out of danger.

According to villagers, Chakramma's husband, Akula Krishna, was a victim of recurring drought and had taken a loan of Rs. 21,000. The couple had four daughters.

Machilipatnam: Three farmers, Korivi Chelapathi Rao (50) of Kodur village, Mannem Rosaiah (48) of Chintala Padu village in Chandarlapadu mandal and Jasti Purna Chandra Rao of Ponnavaram village in Veerulapadu mandal in the Krishna district, have committed suicide.

Khammam: One farmer committed suicide and another farmer died of a heart attack due to crop losses on Tuesday. Eerala Kondaiah (50), a small farmer from Gangaram village, had reportedly taken five acres of land on lease to grow cash crops, but was hit by untimely rains last December. He owed Rs. one lakh to moneylenders.

Dies of heart attack

Desaboina Venkaiah (55), a farmer from Raghavapuram village, had found no takers for his 50 quintals of chilli stocks. He had taken eight acres land on lease this year to raise the crop. He reportedly collapsed of a heart attack this morning.

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