Most opposition leaders tweeted condolences, and the list included Congress’s Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Badals. The Haryana government is yet to comment on the issue.
“Sant Baba Ram Singh from Karnal died by suicide over the farmers’ condition at Kundli border. My condolences in this moment of grief… many farmers have sacrificed their lives. The Modi government has crossed all the limits of cruelty. Stop being adamant, take back the anti-farmer laws,” Congress’s Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.
“Anguished to hear that Sant Baba Ram Singh ji Nanaksar Singhrawale shot himself at Singhu border in Kisan Dharna, looking at farmers’ suffering. Sant ji’s sacrifice won’t be allowed to go in vain. I urge GOI not to let situation deteriorate any further & repeal the 3 agri laws,” tweeted senior Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Badal.
“The news of Sant Baba Ram Singh Ji’s suicide is very painful. In this hour of grief, condolences to his family. Our farmers are asking for their rights. The government should listen to the voice of farmers and withdraw the three laws,” Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.
Meanwhile, according to reports, several farmers have died during the ongoing protest which began on November 26. The reason has mostly been the cold wave conditions.
Recently, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi quoted a news report and claimed 11 farmers had died in 17 days. The number has now gone up as two road accidents have also claimed the lives of four farmers from Punjab.
On Wednesday, hundreds of women, including many widows of farmers who were believed to have killed themselves over debt, joined the protest site at Tikri border.