Karamveer Singh was 52 years old and hailed from a village in Jind, Haryana.
People attend a Maha Panchayat or grand village council meeting as part of a farmers’ protest against farm laws at Kandela village in Jind district in the northern state of Haryana, India, February 3, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
Chandigarh: A farmer from Jind in Haryana who was supporting the agitation against the Centre’s farm laws allegedly died by suicide two kilometres from the Tikri border protest site on Sunday, police said.
The 52-year-old farmer left a note which is being verified, they said.
“The farmer, Karamveer Singh, hailed from a village in Jind,” Bahadurgarh City police station SHO Vijay Kumar said.
His body was found in the morning, he said.
According to the police, the hand-written note purportedly left behind by the deceased said, “Dear farmer brethren, Modi government is giving date after date… No one knows when these black farm laws will be rolled back.”
“Bharatiya Kisan Union Zindabad! Dear farmer brothers, this Modi government is giving us date after date. It cannot be predicted when these black laws will be repealed. We will not go from here until these black laws are cancelled.
Over a fortnight ago, another farmer from Haryana had allegedly consumed a poisonous substance at the Tikri border. He died during treatment at a Delhi hospital later.
In December, a lawyer from Punjab had allegedly died by consuming poison a few kilometres away from the protest site at the Tikri border.
Earlier, a Sikh preacher, Sant Ram Singh, had also allegedly ended his life near the Singhu border protest site, claiming that he was “unable to bear the pain of the farmers”.
There have been several such incidents of suicide among farmers who have been camping at the borders pf Delhi since November to protest the controversial farm legislations. Earlier in December a 61-year-old farmer from Tarn Taran also attempted suicide at Singhu Border.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting since late November 2020 at Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding a rollback of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporations.