Yet another farmer having committed suicide now in Burdwan district, the rice bowl of West Bengal, taking the toll to nine in the last two months.

In the last two months, eight farmers committed suicide in Burdwan district, while the ninth such incident was reported from North Bengal’s Coocbehar district. The state administration continues to deny any case of farmers’ suicide, even as there are sporadic cases of farmers’ agitation in the rural Bengal. There, in some cases, the farmers have taken the extreme steps of burning the paddy to draw attention to their plight.