A farmer in Pallepahad village of Medak district, Telangana committed suicide on Wednesday allegedly over the fear of losing his land in the controversial Mallana Sagar project.
The deceased has been identified as 65-year-old Bachali Narsaih. Incidentally, this is the second suicide reported over the issue.
"Yesterday evening around 5 pm he hanged himself leaving behind his wife and a daughter. He was earlier shifted to a nearby hospital but last night he was shifted to Gandhi hospital in Hyderabad where he died today early morning," SI Krishna of Toguta PS told The News Minute.
A case of suicide under section of 174 CrPC has been registered and post-mortem is being conducted.
"Around three-four days back our Village MRO (Mandal Revenue officer) informed us that even our village would be submerged in Mallana Sagar project. After hearing this news all the villagers including Bachali Narsaiah got tensed about losing their land. None from our village is ready to sacrifice our land for any amount of money,‚ÄĚ Raju told TNM.
Narsaiah‚Äôs death follows the suicide of another farmer in the same district who killed himself allegedly over same reasons.
Last month 15, 000 residents across Medak protested over the re-design of the Mallana Sagar project which they believe will plunge their villages into darkness.
The protesters and social activists alleged that the re-design was sanctioned without calculating the economic impact in terms of payment of compensation.