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Suicide not due to crop loss: official

The suicide note of Gajendra Singh who committed suicide during the AAP's Kisan rally at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday

The suicide note of Gajendra Singh who committed suicide during the AAP's Kisan rally at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday  

Family of the farmer from Rajasthan, who committed suicide at a public rally in the Capital, claimed that he took the extreme step due to unexpected loss to his crops.

Gajendra Singh, a resident of Dausa district and father of three, took his life by hanging himself from a tree, while Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was addressing a farmers rally on the issue of land acquisition ordinance.

Gopal Singh, the victim’s uncle, said, “Gajendra was under stress and disturbed due to loss of crop. He took the extreme step due to unexpected loss. He earned his livelihood through farming and after the loss, he was disturbed.”

The Dausa district administration, however, countered the family’s claim, saying, loss of crop does not appear to be the reason behind it.

“Loss to crops does not appear to be a reason of suicide. His family’s financial condition is fine and they have farm houses and his uncle is the local village sarpanch,” Dausa’s Additional District Collector Kailash Sharma said.

Mr. Sharma claimed that not a single farm in Baswa Tehsil, where the farmer’s village falls, is entitled to compensation.

“During the survey conducted by the district administration to assess loss to crops, it was found that the damage in all the farms in that tehsil was below 33 per cent. Therefore no farmer was eligible for compensation.”

Dayanand Sharma, Sub-Divisional Officer, Bandikui, claimed that Gajendra never approached the authority to demand compensation.

According to Bandikui SHO Laxmikant Sharma, Gajendra had eight bighas of land and had cultivated wheat.

Unmindful of the appeals from AAP leaders and workers to climb down from a tree at Jantar Mantar, the rally venue, Gajendra put his towel around his neck and hanged himself.

Dausa district is about 60 km from Jaipur. — PTI



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