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Ryot's death at Jantar Mantar brings spotlight on farmers suicides

New Delhi, Apr 22 (UNI) Hit by heavy losses to crops due to unseasonal
rains and hailstorms during harvesting season, a farmer committed suicide at the
Jantar Mantar, a stone's throw from Parliament.
His death riveted nation's attention towards farmers suicides across the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Gajendra Singh's death has saddened the nation.'' We are all dis appointed and shattered.
''At no point hard working farmer should think that he is alone. We are all togther for creating better tomorrow for farmers of India.'' the Prime Minister said in a message, expressing condolences to the family of deceased farmer from Dausa, Rajasthan.
Mr Modi assured the farmers that the government was working for their betterment. ''At no point must the hard working farmer think he is alone," he said, adding that, "We are all together in creating a better tomorrow for the farmers of India."
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia and urged her to get in touch with the family of deceased farmer.
A farmer from Rajasthan's Dausa committed suicide at the AAP rally against land bill here at Jantar Mantar.
The farmer, who had come from Rajasthan to take part in the rally organised by the Aam Aadmi Party against the controversial Land Acquisition bill, hanged himself from a tree.
The moment people noticed him taking the extreme step, he was brought down and rushed to nearby Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital .
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy rushed to the hospital to see him,but by that time, he was declared brought dead.
In his ‘suicide’ note, the farmer identified as Gajender from Rajasthan’s Dausa area had said recently he suffered crop loss due to unseasonal rain and was forced to leave his home. after the d his crops. He was father of three children.
The farmer committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at the venue of the AAP rally at Jantar Mantar.
AAP volunteers tried to rescue the victim and took him to a hospital. Addressing the rally Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that it was an unfortunate incident.
People accused Delhi Police of being a mute spectator to the ghastly incident while many bystanders-most of them AAP volunteers climed the tree and brought the victim down.
AAP leaders continued their addresses and made pleas to police to rescue the farmer
Many at the site said Gajendra was protesting against the land bill. Soon after his death, a number of political leaders reached the hospital. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi,also went there and blamed centre for the anti farmers policies.
It was the first and solitary case of farmer suicide in the capital after the colossal damage to crops across the country.
Amid growing number of such suicides, state governments have launched massive exercise to assess losses to crops and suicides by farmers.
The Lok Sabha was informed this week that there were no suicide by farmers in seven states due to damage to crops due to excessive rains and hailstones.
The death of the farmer came even as Mr Kejriwal and Mr Manish Sisodia along with Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Maken visited the hospital to meet the victim.
Reacting to the incident, Rajasthan State Congress chief Sachin Pilot said it was an unfortunate incident and a reflection of the anti-farmer policy of the Narendra Modi Government.
Many at the Jantar Mantar claimed that the farmer had committed suicide in protest against the land bill, but suicide note narrated his woes due to crop damage in recent past.
Eds: pick up suitably from earlier series.

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