Baba Ram Singh, the priest of a Gurudwara from Haryana who had joined the farmer’s protest, has died by suicide, according to reports.
Singh reached the Delhi-Sonipat border on Tuesday evening and the area is just two km from the Singhu border, which is the epicentre of the farmer’s protest. The protest is now on the 21st day.
The 65-year-old priest in his final note wrote that he was sacrificing his life “to express anger and pain against the government’s injustice.”
The note further read, “I feel the pain of farmers fighting to ensure their rights… I share their pain because the government is not doing justice to them. To inflict injustice is a sin, but it is also a sin to tolerate injustice. To support farmers, some have returned their awards to the government.”
The Deputy Police Commissioner of Sonipat, Shyam Lal Poonia said that the priest had shot himself inside a car and that he was rushed immediately to Park hospital in Panipat. He was, however, declared dead on arrival by the doctors added Poonia.
Various opposition leaders including Congress’s Rahul Gandhi, CM Amarinder Singh, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted their condolences.
Congress’s Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, “Sant Baba Ram Singh from Karnal died by suicide over the farmers’ condition at Kundli border. My condolences in this moment of grief… many farmers have sacrificed their lives. The Modi government has crossed all the limits of cruelty. Stop being adamant, take back the anti-farmer laws.”
“The news of Sant Baba Ram Singh Ji’s suicide is very painful. In this hour of grief, condolences to his family. Our farmers are asking for their rights. The government should listen to the voice of farmers and withdraw the three laws,” tweeted Kejriwal.
Since the end of last month, thousands of farmers have all gathered at the borders of Delhi from Punjab and Haryana. All demanding that the three farm sector laws which were passed by GOI in September, be scrapped.
Till now, more than 20 protesters have died as stated by farmers’ representatives. And with negotiations between the Centre and the farmers reaching an impasse, on Wednesday the Supreme Court suggested that a panel be formed with representatives from all stakeholders to arrive at a solution.
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