Farmer dies at the protest site at Delhi-UP border, Police suspected suicide

The Indian Express

New Delhi: Amid the next round of talks, as per police, a 72-year-old farmer allegedly died by suicide at a farmer protest site in Ghaziabad (UP) on Saturday morning.

The deceased was a part of the farmer’s protest since November 28 against the three controllers farm laws enacted in September by the central government to liberalize the agriculture sector.

“The deceased… was found hanging at one of the mobile toilets at the protest site. He has also left behind a note which is written in Punjabi. The farmer was from Rampur district. The farmers’ committee has decided against conducting the autopsy. Prima facie, it appears to be a case of suicide and nobody has suspected any foul play. The note recovered from his possession will be examined,” said, Anshu Jain, Circle officer, reported Hindustan Times.

Shamsher Rana, the national media co-ordinator of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, said in his suicide note, he blamed the union government for not accepting the demands of farmers. “The deceased man has also mentioned that his funeral is conducted at the UP-Gate [protest site]. However, his body will likely be sent to his native place and handed over to his family,” Rana said.

On Friday, a 57-year-old farmer from Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat passed on at the protest site. The reason for his demise couldn’t be discovered as his family rejected consent for a post mortem. His sibling said that the deceased had complained of breathlessness on Friday morning and passed on later.

Many farmers from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have been challenging the three farm laws for longer than a month at UP-Gate. Aside from the UP-Gate, a huge number of farmers from Punjab and Haryana are sitting at Delhi’s border with Haryana at Singhu and Tikri.

Farmers from Uttar Pradesh have additionally involved one path at the Chilla (Delhi-Noida interface street) line. Farm union has taken steps to increase their disturbance if their requests, fundamentally the annulment of the farm laws, are not met in their eighth round of talks with the Union government on Monday.