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Kerala govt to write off debts of farmer who killed himself over harassment by district officials

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government decided to clear the debts of a farmer who allegedly committed suicide last month outside the village administration office due to harassment by Kozhikode district officials.

File image of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. PTI

File image of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. PTI

A Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, took the decision to clear the loans taken by Kaavilpurayidathil Joy, who was found hanging outside the village administrative office on 21 June.

The amount would be released from the chief minister's relief fund, an official release said. Joy's family owed Rs 13.16 lakh to a cooperative bank in Chakkittappara in Kozhikode.

Besides this, he had also taken an educational loan of Rs 3.31 lakh from another bank, it said.

Joy, 57, had taken the extreme step allegedly due to harassment by village officials who refused to accept his land tax for the last 18 months, citing some reason or the other.

The officials had also allegedly told him that the land owned by him was disputed.

Following protests over the death, a village assistant and village officer were suspended for "not accepting his land tax".

Updated Date: Jul 13, 2017 15:11 PM

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