Farmer kills self during dharna for debt waiver in Punjab’s Sangrur district

Darshan Singh, who hailed from Saron village in the district, was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Updated: September 7, 2016 6:23 am
Darshan Singh was unable to repay his loans. Darshan Singh was unable to repay his loans.

A 65-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide Tuesday by consuming celphos tablets during a dharna demanding waiver of debts at Gharachon village in Punjab’s Sangrur district. While farmers claimed it was a suicide, police said only the postmortem report would reveal the cause of death.

Darshan Singh, who hailed from Saron village in the district, was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead.

Following his death, farmers staged a protest on the Bathinda-Sangrur state highway for nearly five hours. They later spoke to police and administrative officials and demanded Rs 10 lakh and a government job as compensation for Singh’s family.

“We are demanding that farmers’ debts be waived and the state government look at their condition. The fact that a farmer committed suicide at the site of a dharna shows how distressed they are,” Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary of Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan), told The Indian Express.

SSP Pritpal Singh Thind said they were talking to the family. “As per union leaders, he committed suicide. Only the post-mortem report will reveal the exact cause of death,” he said.