An elderly farmer hailing from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh committed suicide by hanging himself in a mobile toilet at the UP Gate protest site on Saturday morning. Police said that a suicide note has also been recovered from the deceased.
The deceased farmer has been identified as 60-year-old Sardar Kashmir Singh. He was involved in the farmers’ agitation at UP Gate, where farmers from UP, Uttarakhand and Punjab have been sitting on dharna since 28 November. The farmers said that Sardar Kashmir Singh was upset with the agitation of farmers regarding the new agricultural laws so far.
CO (Indirapuram) Anshu Jain said, “The deceased is around 60 years old and his body was found hanging in a mobile toilet at the picket site.” He has also left a suicide note written in Punjabi language. We have spoken to the committee of farmers at UP Gate and they will take a decision regarding postmortem and other formalities soon. ”
Desired funeral for UP Gate itself
Shamsher Rana, National Media Coordinator of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said, “In his suicide note, he has blamed the government for not accepting the demands of the farmers and also mentioned that his last rites should be performed at UP Gate.” However, it is likely that his body will be sent to his ancestral place and handed over to his family. ”
This is the second death incident at UP Gate in the last 24 hours. On Friday, another 57-year-old farmer, Galtan Singh, was killed at the picket site of UP Gate. He was a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district, although the cause of his death could not be ascertained as his family refused to conduct the postmortem. His brother said that the deceased had complained of breathlessness on Friday morning and later died.
Talks will be held again on January 4
Farmers protesting at various borders of Delhi, including UP Gate, are demanding the repeal of three agricultural laws and a new law on minimum support price (MSP). The next round of talks between the central government and farmer organizations to find a middle ground on the new agricultural laws is scheduled on January 4.
BKU national spokesperson and farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said, “During the last talks with the government, there was no talk on two major issues. Therefore, we decided to go ahead and resolve two other issues. However, our key issues like repealing all three agricultural laws and enacting a new law on MSP will be raised again during the talks on January 4, till then, we will continue our protest. “