Belagavi: Sugarcane grower Javed Mulla, unable resist the delay in getting the dues of sugarcane he had supplied to former minister and Gokak Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi’s Soubhagyalaxmi Sugars had tried to end his life by consuming pesticide during protest on DC office premises on Monday.

Hundreds of farmers were protesting for the district administration’ negligence in clearing the cane arrear from the factory. Many had symbolically brought pesticide bottles to threat the administration that they would consume if the arrears were not cleared early. However, Mulla who has to get arrears of more than ₹2.5 lakh, pending sice 4 years opened the cap of the bottle and tried to consume the pesticide. Police observing keenly got snatched the bottle and took Mulla inside the vehicle.

Mulla said he was facing critical position over the delay in getting the bills from the factory. The administration, six months ago had assured of clearing all the dues shortly, however, not yet. He said he wanted to die ad he failed to run his family.