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Recovery officials at door, farmer attempts suicideNirvair Singh, a debt-ridden farmer of Bakipur village near here, reportedly attempted to strangulate himself when a team of bank officials came to auction his land.A large number of farmers gathered at the spot and forced the officials to return without auctioning the land.The farmer, along with his brother Sukhchain Singh, had taken a loan of Rs 3 lakh in 2005 for constructing a godown by pledging their land in the name of ‘The Tarn Taran Agricultural Developmental Bank’. The brothers had been paying the loan installments, but Rs 7 lakh was still pending.The bank had issued a public notice for the auction of the land of the farmers at Government Elementary School in the village on Friday. When the team, led by Assistant Registrar (AR) Tejinder Kumar, came to the village to auction the land, Nirvair Singh attempted to commit suicide by strangulating himself, but was saved by his associates.Farmers, who had gathered at the spot, raised slogans against the state government for not waiving their loans. The bank team returned without selling the farmers land.