NEW DELHI: A 40-year-old protesting farmer from Punjab, who was protesting at Singhu border against the Central farm laws, allegedly committed suicide consuming poison on Saturday evening.
Identified as Amarinder Singh, was a resident of Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib district. Although the man was rushed to a Frank Institute of Medical Science (FIMS) at Sonipat, he died there after some time, police said.
This is the fourth suicide by protesters on the national capital’s borders since a 65-year-old Sikh preacher, Baba Ram Singh, from Haryana’s Karnal district shot himself dead near Kundli on December 17 last year stating that he was anguished by the plight of farmers.
The second was by Amarjit Singh Rai, a 63-year-old lawyer from Punjab’s Fazilka district, who committed suicide consuming pesticide at the Tikri protest site.
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On January 3, a 70-year-old farmer from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur district ended his life at the Ghazipur protest site near the Delhi-UP border.
Farmers from different parts of the country, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at different border points of Delhi for over a month demanding repeal of the three newly enacted agriculture Acts, which were voted through in Parliament in September amid vehement protests.
The Centre has been vouching for the three laws as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.
However, the farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of minimum support price and do away with the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of corporates.
The government has accused the opposition of misleading the farmers and inciting the protests.
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