Farmer ends life at Ghazipur border

A 70-year-old farmer from Rampur district in Uttar Pradesh allegedly ended his life by hanging at the Ghazipur border on Saturday morning, police said. Braving a cold wave, hundreds of peasants from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have been protesting against the farm laws at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border for more than a month now.

Rajvir Singh, national vice-president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said the farmer had been identified as Kashmir Singh from Pasiapur village of Bilaspur block in Rampur. “He and his family have been actively participating in the protest for many days. In the suicide note written in Gurmukhi, he has held the government responsible for the current state of farmers as it [the government] has not been listening to their demands.”

BKU worker Manoj Sharma said Kashmir Singh was a well-to-do farmer and was contributing to the langar community kitchen. A translation of the note released by the BKU said the laws made by the government were not in the interests of farmers but the government was not taking the laws back. It said: “Forty farmers have died during protests in Punjab but none has laid his life from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. So, this servant is offering his body for the cause of revocation of the three laws.” He also mentioned that he had served at the Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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