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New Delhi: A Sikh preacher allegedly shot himself to death amid the farmers’ protests at the Singhu border Wednesday evening. Sant Baba Ram Singh of Karnal purportedly left behind a suicide note saying he was unable to see the plight of the protesting farmers.

“We don’t have much details now, except that he was elderly and he was camping at Singhu border and distributing quilts. His suicide note says that he couldn’t bear to see the plight of the farmers and shot himself. But we don’t have any other details now,” Satyavan, working group member, All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), told ThePrint.

In his suicide note, accessed by ThePrint, Ram Singh has accused the government of not dispensing justice. “I have been watching the pain of the farmers who are suffering on the roads for their rights. Government is not giving them justice, which is oppression,” his note reads. “To oppress is a sin and to suffer oppression is a sin. Everyone is doing something or the other for the farmers. Some have returned their honours and awards to mark their protest. Daas (servant of God) is giving up his life — as a mark of my voice of protest against the oppression of the government and in support of the hardworking farmers.”

The 65-year-old preacher was also known as Nanaksar Singhra Wale of Karnal. He belonged to Batala, Gurdaspur. Before shifting to Nanaksar Singhran, he served as a preacher at Nanaksar Kaleran at Jagroan.

A video of him talking about the farmers agitation at Singhu border was posted on Facebook Wednesday evening. He had also pledged a donation of Rs 5 lakh to the farmers. 

Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the central government’s three farm laws at Delhi’s borders for over two weeks now. Over 20 farmers have died so far, either at Delhi’s borders or in road accidents on the way to the national capital where the agitation reached on 26 November.

The Delhi Police additional PRO Anil Mittal said the area was not under their jurisdiction, and that it falls under the Sonipat police. The Station House Officer at Kundli Police Station, which is at the border, did not answer calls from ThePrint while the Sonipat Additional Superintendent of Police refused to comment when contacted through phone.


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Farmers to decide next course of action, condolences pour in

Farmer leaders that ThePrint spoke to said that they will hold a meeting to discuss the next course of action. “We want the movement to remain peaceful. We will hold internal meetings either tonight or tomorrow morning on the issue,” Jigjit Singh Dalewal, president, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Sidhupur) told ThePrint.

Condolences, meanwhile, poured in for the preacher. 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Modi government while condoling the preacher’s death. “The stubbornness of the Modi government has crossed all limits. Stop being stubborn and repeal the three farm laws,” he tweeted. 

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also termed the death a “result of the brutality of the Modi government”. 

Majinder Singh Sirsa, president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management committee, posted a video on Twitter condoling the death of the preacher.

(With inputs from Chitleen Sethi)


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2 COMMENTS

  1. The language of communists when not in power: not to given everything for free by government who does not even get taxes from you is oppression .

  2. Extremely saddened to hear this news, I wish the priest did not feel so disheartened that compelled him to take such a drastic step.

    Wonder when honest taxpayers of this country will be driven to a situation where they start committing suicide when they hear news about free power, free water, free money in the bank accounts of farmers, 4x or more price paid when farming land is acquired and to top it all… complete and total exemption from income taxes on income derived from farming.

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