الإثنين , يونيو 8 2020

India farmer suicide at Delhi rally

Gajendra Singh at the rally minutes before his death

Farmer Gajendra Singh travelled to the rally in Delhi from the western state of Rajasthan

An Indian farmer has died after he hanged himself from a tree at a farmers’ rally in Delhi addressed by city chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Gajendra Singh, from the western state of Rajasthan, was taken to hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged the rally to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial land acquisition bill.

Opponents of the bill say it will hurt the interests of farmers.

The bill was passed in the lower house of parliament last month but has not yet been approved by the upper house, where Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is in the minority.

Reports said AAP volunteers tried to stop Mr Singh from hanging himself and climbed the tree to try to bring him down.

A suicide note, written in Hindi, was recovered in which he says he has three children.

“I was driven out of my home after my crops were destroyed. Please tell me how I can go home,” he wrote.

Mr Kejriwal visited the hospital after his speech. “I am sad that he climbed the tree in front of us but nobody tried to stop him,” he later said.

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