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Maharashtra farmer suicide: Family refuses to take body

Yavatmal (Maharashtra), April 11: Over 36 hours after Maharashtra farmer Shankar Bhaurao Chayre committed suicide, his family on Wednesday refused to take his body for the last rites till Chief Minister Devendra Fadvis meets them. The family also rejected a compensation of Rs 100,000 offered on behalf of the state government by Vasantrao ik Sheti Swavalamban Mission (VNSM) Chairman Kishore Tiwari. “The family is shattered by losing their sole breadwinner. They have demanded that the CM must visit them, understand the problems of the farmers before they would accept Chayre’s body,” Tiwari told IANS. “How can we survive with just Rs 100,000? The government should give us at least Rs 1 crore… I have educate my four children, get them married, run the farm, etc,” Tiwari said, citing Chayre’s widow. In a major embarrassment for the Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP), Chayre consumed poison and ended his life in his farm and a suicide note ming Prime Minister rendra Modi’s government and other officials, was recovered. Incidentally, Fadvis is expected to visit Yavatmal on Thursday for some functions, but it is not known whether he will visit the bereaved family.  (IANS)

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