**Kokasara:** An elderly farmer couple attempted suicide by drowning in a pond at Tungaon village in Kandabutra panchayat under Kokasara block of Kalahandi district today. While the old man, identified as Sudarshan Majhi (65), succumbed to drowning, his wife was rescued by the villagers.
As per sources, deceased Sudarshan had this year cultivated paddy crop on four acres of land, but got damaged due to shortage of rainfall. Out of his two sons, one was working as bonded labourer in Goa and another was a live-in son-in-law.
Being abandoned by their children and penniless, the couple finally decided to take the extreme step where Sudarshan lost his life.
Family members and villagers, alleging it to be a case of suicide due to crop loss, have demanded compensation for Sudarshan’s death and said his body will be released after receiving a written assurance from the local administration.
**Also Read:** [The Midnight March: School Kids Walk Miles To Apprise Collector Of Their Grievances](https://www.ommcomnews.com/odisha-news/the-midnight-march-school-kids-walk-miles-to-apprise-collector-of-their-grievances-)