Bengal witnesses another potato death

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Suri: 32-year-old Mrinal Kanti Sarkar consumed pesticide in his field at Nanoor in neighbouring Birbhum district on Monday died at BMCH on Tuesday. He was rushed to a local hospital and shifted to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital (BMCH) here after his condition deteriorated.

His uncle, Biswajeet Sarkar said the farmer had taken almost Rs 3 lakh loan from a bank and private persons. The crop had been very good but he was unable to repay his loans as the price of tuber has plummeted to Rs 100 from Rs 120 per bag. Each bag contains 50 kg of potato.

Six deaths had been reported from Burdwan district itself over the past fortnight.