Even as the Aam Aadmi Party tried to reach out to deceased farmer Gajendra Singh Kalyanvat’s family with a video clipping in which AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh is pleading with Gajendra to get off from the tree, Gajendra’s father and daughter remain unconvinced.
Singh, who visited the family in Nangal Jhamarwada in Bandikui, 120 kms from the state capital, arrived with a cheque of Rs. 10 lakh as compensation and promised a government job for one of his children and ‘kisan shaheed’ status for him.
“The family is disconsolate. It is a huge loss for them. They have demanded a job for one of the children when they are 18 years of age and ‘kisan shaheed’ status. I will convey these demands to Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi,” Singh told reporters while leaving from Gajendra’s house.
Megha Singh (17), Gajendra’s daughter, who saw the video clipping during the closed-door meeting with Singh, told The Indian Express: “In the footage, he (Singh) is asking my father to get down from the tree. But it seemed he did not do anything to actually get him down. He could have stopped with the speeches thereafter until my father got down.”
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ajendra’s father Bane Singh added, “What will one do with all the compensation? We are a reasonably well to do family and Gajendra was anything but distressed. We have 30 bighas of land in Jaisalmer where he did farming apart from the 40 plus bighas here. His business was also doing well. We have lost our son and he will not come back. They can take back all the money and give our son back. I agree it was partially Gajendra’s fault to climb up the tree but others there egged him on. The AAP leaders went on with their speeches and did not care to stop even after Gajendra slipped off and was hanging from the tree.”
Gajendra’s uncle, Gopal Singh, who is the sitting sarpanch of the village, was the only member to be satisfied with AAP’s entreaty. “Sanjay Singh ji got me to speak to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who promised that whatever we have asked for will be granted. We have sought assistance for the children’s education, a government job for one of them, ‘kisan shaheed’ status and a ‘shaheed smarak’ for Gajendra in New Delhi. We have also asked for a CBI inquiry into the cause of death.”
Earlier in the day, Health Minister Rajendra Rathore handed over a Rs 4-lakh cheque to the family as compensation on behalf of the BJP state unit.
Meanwhile, Gajendra’s brother Devendra Singh, who works in the Rajasthan Armed Constabulary and is posted in New Delhi, was granted a transfer to Dausa on Friday evening.
A team of Delhi Crime Branch has been working on piecing together Gajendra’s last few days and how and why he went to Delhi and if he was in touch with AAP leaders. The team is probing charges that the handwriting on the alleged suicide note did not match Gajendra’s writing. Copies of his handwriting will be sent to the forensic laboratory for testing. Sources said that so far call records do not show that Gajendra was in touch with AAP leader Ashutosh as claimed by Gajendra’s younger brother Vijendra.