Tribune News Service
Sonepat / Karnal, December 16
A 65-year-old “Sant” reportedly committed suicide on Wednesday evening when he shot himself on the Singhu border.
The late Baba Ram Singh from Singhra Village, Nissing Area, Karnal District had a large following.
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Baba Ram Singh sat in the seat of Gurdwara Sahib Nanaksar in Singhra village.
A handwritten note in Punjabi allegedly left behind by the deceased states that he could not bear the “pain of the peasants”. The note is being checked by the police.
A Sonepat police officer said they had received a call that Sant Ram Singh, 65, from Karnal, allegedly shot himself.
The deceased was taken to a hospital in Panipat, where doctors pronounced him dead.
The officer said the exact location where the incident took place is being checked and police are in the process of recording statements from family members of the deceased.
SAD spokesman and president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, expressed his grief over the incident and urged farmers to exercise restraint.
दिल बहुत दुखी है आप को ये बताते हुए कि संत राम सिंह जी सिंगड़े वाले ने किसानों की व्यथा को देखते हुए आत्महत्या आत्महत्या कर इस आंदोलन ने पूरे देश की आत्मा झकझोर कर रख दी दी। मेरी वाहेगुरु से अरदास है है उनकी आत्मा आत्मा शांति शांति
आप सभी से संयम बनाकर बनाकर की विनती विनती pic.twitter.com/DyYyGmWgGg
– Manjinder Singh Sirsa (@mssirsa) December 16, 2020
“Very sad news has been received that Sant Ram Singh, who devoted his life to serving humanity, committed suicide by shooting himself,” he said on his Twitter handle.
According to Sirsa, the victim wrote in his farewell letter that he could not bear the “pain of the peasants”.
“It is a sin to suffer atrocities and to testify to what I cannot see,” said Sirsa, the clergyman wrote in his suicide note.
Sirsa appealed to farmers to exercise restraint.
“It is a very serious time. As chief sewadar of the DSGMC, I urge you to exercise restraint because anyone can wreak havoc in the agitation of the peasants. It is a very sad incident for all of us, but we have to hold back, ”said Sirsa.
Baba Ram Singh came to Nanaksar Gurdwara Singhra from Nanaksar Gurdwara Jagraon in Punjab in 1990. This week he had also supported the agitation of the farmers on the Singhu border with Rs 5 lakh. He distributed 500 blankets to farmers on the Singhu border yesterday, said Kamarjeet Virk, one of his supporters.
According to his closed followers, Baba Ram Singh went to the Singhu border today to offer ‘Ardas’ (prayer).
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has approved of Sant Ram Singh’s death by suicide, saying the atrocities by the BJP-run center have crossed all borders.
“Sant Ram Singh from Karnal died of suicide while examining the condition of the farmers. Many farmers have laid their lives. Government atrocities know no borders. The government should put aside its ego and repeal the farm laws immediately, ”said Gandhi.
करनाल के संत बाबा राम सिंह जी ने कुंडली बॉर्डर पर किसानों की दुर्दशा देखकर आत्महत्या कर ली। इस दुख की घड़ी में मेरी संवेदनाएँ और और श्रद्धांजलि
कई किसान अपने जीवन की आहुति दे चुके चुके हैं मोदी सरकार की क्रूरता हर हद पार कर चुकी है।
ज़िद छोड़ो और तुरंत कृषि विरोधी क़ानून क़ानून वापस! pic.twitter.com/rolS2DWNr1
– Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 16, 2020
Baba Ram Singh’s body was taken to KCGMC, Karnal, where his followers refused to perform his autopsy. His body was taken to Nanaksar Gurdwara Singhra, where thousands of devotees had gathered. However, the body was later returned to the hospital.
During the autopsy, Baba Ram Singh’s followers offered prayers.
The situation on the Gurdwara grounds was tense. The followers said, “Maharaj ji ne sahadat diti hai kisana vaste, Modi ji, hun te kisana de sun lo” (Maharaj ji sacrificed his life for peasants; Modi ji, now listen to the peasants.)
A large number of police officers were also present outside the Gurdwara.
BKU President Gurnam Singh Charuni described the death of Baba Ram Singh as a great loss for society.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and other states have been protesting near the Delhi borders for three weeks, calling for the center’s agricultural laws to be repealed. – With PTI inputs