A 47-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide in the district, with his family members claiming that he had taken a loan of Rs 1.82 lakh and was unable to pay it back, the police said today.

Babaji Shrihari Handore, who used to grow grapes, hanged himself to death at a cattle shed near his house in Shriram Nagar area of the district’s Niphad taluka yesterday, a police official said.

The farmer was found hanging from the ceiling of the shed by his son who had gone to there to give fodder to the cattle, he said.

The body has been sent for post-mortem and a case was registered in the matter, the official said.

Handore’s family members told the police that he had taken a loan of Rs 1.82 lakh from a local cooperative society and was unable to repay it.

He took the extreme step after being fed up with the loan burden, the family members claimed.

Notably, the Maharashtra government had last week released Rs 4,000 crore under the first phase of the over Rs 34,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme.