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Probing if farmer’s death was a planned act gone wrong, says Delhi Crime Branch

Sources said that a day before his death, Singh had spoken to nearly 30 people on phone.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: April 25, 2015 8:11:50 am
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The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch, which is probing the death of farmer Gajendra Singh at the AAP rally, has found that Singh had spoken to four persons, including his sister, a few hours before his death.

Investigators suspect that Singh’s intention could have been to climb the tree and make a statement for the cameras. Police have started recording statements of Singh’s relatives and friends. Police said so far they have not found any evidence to prove that Singh had suicidal tendencies.

The Crime Branch is also trying to find out if the incident was entirely stage-managed. “It could have been planned in a manner where Singh attempts suicide, but is stopped in time. It could be that all the planning went wrong,” a police source said.

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The victim’s family members have alleged that it was an AAP leader who had called him to the event. Singh had also told his relatives and friends about the calls made to him by the AAP leader, but police have not found any specific number yet, police said.

One of the officers of the Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch involved in the investigations said after scanning Singh’s call detail records (CDR), they came to know that Singh arrived in the capital on Wednesday at 7.50 am and then made a call to his brother, informing him that he reached Delhi. He later made a called to his uncle Narendra Singh, informing him about his arrival.

The officer said Singh then called another relative, Shivram Singh Chauhan, and went to Gole Market to meet him. “He had his breakfast at Chauhan’s home and then went to Jantar Mantar. Around 1.20 pm, he called his sister and asked her to turn on the TV and said, “in the next 10 minutes, something big will happen”,” the officer said.

Sources said that a day before his death, Singh had spoken to nearly 30 people on phone.

IB conducting a parallel probe

Apart from the Delhi Police Crime Branch, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) is also conducting a parallel probe in the farmer’s death at the AAP rally on Wednesday. The IB probe is on the same lines as that of the Crime Branch. The agency too is questioning Singh’s relatives and friends to see if Singh had any suicidal tendencies. Singh’s uncle Narendra Singh, who runs a bag manufacturing factory in Dwarka, and his relative Shivram Singh Chauhan have received nearly 15 phone calls from the IB.

“I have got a call on Thursday morning from someone who introduced himself as a Special Branch officer and asked me about my relationship with Gajendra Singh. The officer said they too were conducting a separate investigation to find out the exact reason for Singh’s death. He also informed me that they found my number in Singh’s call detail records and then I told them everything I knew,” Narendra Singh said. “I got around 15 more calls from this officer,” he claimed.

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