Sikh religious leader dies by suicide on Singhu border – India News

Baba Ram Singh, a priest of a Gurdwara in Haryana, died after shooting himself on Wednesday afternoon on the Delhi-Haryana border in Singhu, where he arrived last night and joined farmers from Punjab and Haryana to around three in the monsoon -Session passed farm laws to protest parliament. He was 65 years old.

In a suicide note, Singh, a resident of Singhra village in the Karnal district of Haryana, said he wanted to expose the “government’s cruelty.”

In a handwritten note in Punjabi, he said, “Farmers are in pain, they are protesting on the streets for their rights. The government doesn’t give them justice, which is cruel. It is a sin to endure persecution and also a sin to suppress. Some have campaigned for farmers’ rights and against cruelty. People have returned their awards to show protest. I sacrifice myself. “HT saw a copy of the note.

Sonepat’s superintendent of police, Jashandeep Randhawa, confirmed that the police had received information that a man shot himself in Kundli-Singhu, where farmers are protesting. Ravi Kumar, a station officer at Kundli Police Station, said the suicide note had been restored and its authenticity was being verified.

“The Kundli police are investigating the case. A thorough investigation is being carried out, ”added the SP.

Tens of thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have gathered on Delhi’s borders calling for the repeal of three farm laws that allow companies to freely trade agricultural products outside the government-controlled mandi system and allow private traders to sell large Lots of vital material to store raw materials for future sales and establish new rules for contract farming.

Shiromani Akali Dal’s president, Sukhbir Singh Badal, expressed fear of the priest’s death. “I was concerned to hear that Sant Baba Ram Singh and Nanaksar Singhra shot each other on the border with Singhu in Kisan Dharna to look at the suffering of the farmers. Sant Ji’s sacrifice cannot be in vain. I urge the Indian government not to let the situation deteriorate any further and to repeal the three agricultural laws, ”he tweeted

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed his grief over his death and said that many farmers gave their lives for the agitation. “The cruelty of the Modi government has exceeded all boundaries. Leave stubbornness behind you and repeal the three farm laws, ”he tweeted.

Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “The news of Sant Baba Ram Singh Ji’s suicide is very painful. Condolences to his family at this hour of grief. Our farmers are demanding their rights, the government should listen to the farmers’ voices and all three black laws should be withdrawn. “

Amarjeet Singh, a close associate of Singh, said he shot himself in his own vehicle. “From the Dharna site he was taken to a private hospital in Panipat, where he died while being treated,” he said.

After the news of his death, darkness fell on the village of Singhra.

The residents of the village and the priest’s followers from Karnal and nearby districts gathered in the Gurudwara and accused the central government of failing to solve the farmers’ problem and forcing Singh to kill himself.

“He had dedicated his life to Sikh Sanghat and his highest sacrifice will not be wasted as it will unite all farmers,” said Angrej Singh Pannu, another of his collaborators.

Singh, who moved to Karnal from Ludhiana in Punjab in 1983, was popular in the community and had thousands of followers in Karnal and the surrounding counties.

He organized week long satsangs (prayer meetings) and langars (communal kitchens) for thousands of people, villagers said.

His body was kept in Gurudwara Singhra Village and will be cremated on Thursday.

Additional police forces have been deployed in and around the village as a preventive measure, the local police said on Wednesday.