As the farmers’ agitation against the new agricultural laws entered its 21st day, a 65-year-old priest of a Gurdwara in Haryana allegedly killed himself at the Singhu border protest site, on Wednesday, 16 December.

The deceased has been identified as Baba Ram Singh of Singhra village in Nissing area of Haryana’s Karnal district. The farmer left a note which states that he ‘couldn’t see the ordeal of farmers’ who are sitting on the outskirts of the capital protesting against the recently-passed farm laws.

“I feel the pain of farmers fighting to make sure their rights… I share their pain because the govt isn’t doing justice to them. To inflict injustice may be a sin, but it’s also a sin to tolerate injustice. To support farmers, some have returned their awards to the govt . I even have decided to sacrifice myself,” read the note he left.

The 65-year-old had shot himself, the police said. “He was rushed to Park hospital in Panipat and was declared dead on arrival by the doctors,” said Shyam Lal Poonia, the Deputy commissioner of Sonipat.

His body is now on thanks to Karnal, where he lived, the officer added.


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