Indian farmer commits suicide during protest against agricultural laws, leaves note
16 Dec 2020
A protesting farmer sits at the back of his tractor trailer as blocks a highway with others at the Delhi- Haryana border. File/ AP
Gulf Today Report
A 65-year-old farmer committed suicide during Indian farmers’ agitation against the new agricultural laws.
The deceased identified as Baba Ram Singh of Singhra village in Nissing area of Haryana's Karnal district, also left behind a note saying that he couldn't see the ordeal of farmers who are sitting on the outskirts of the national capital protesting against the recently-passed farm laws.
Baba Ram Singh apparently shot himself as the farmers' agitation against the new agricultural laws entered its 21st day on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day the Supreme Courtof India observed that if urgent measures are not taken now, then the ongoing farmers’ protest may spiral out of the government's hand to become a national issue.
Against this backdrop, it ordered eight farmer unions be made party to the PIL seeking removal of farmers from various Delhi borders, and a joint hearing of the Centre and the farmers' unions on Thursday in a bid to end the impasse.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian, proposed forming a committee, including the representatives of both the Centre, farmer unions and other relevant stakeholders, to arrive at some acceptable solution.