Gajendra's family demands CBI probe, job and memorial

  • Rakesh Goswami, Hindustan Times, Nangal Jhamarwada, Rajasthan
  • Updated: Apr 25, 2015 01:54 IST

The family of Gajendra Singh Kalyanwat on Friday sought a CBI probe into his death at an AAP rally and presented several demands to the party, including a memorial to him in New Delhi.

The relatives of 43-year-old farmer demanded the probe when Rajasthan health minister Rajendra Rathore visited the family’s home in this Rajput-dominated village of Dausa district, 120 km east of state capital Jaipur.

Gajendra’s uncle Gopal Singh told Hindustan Times that the family wanted an investigation to establish any possible abetment to the alleged suicide in front of thousands of AAP supporters on Wednesday. The family has also said a note found on the farmer was not written by him, and Gopal insisted that a probe by the CBI would show who was behind the note. The family asked Rathore to convey their demand to Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh too visited the farmer’s home amid tight security to explain the party’s position. The family presented three demands to Sanjay Singh – that Gajendra be declared a ‘kisan shaheed’, a memorial park be built in his name in the national capital and that one member of the family be given a government job in Delhi.

Gopal said after the meeting that the family was “largely satisfied” with the AAP. During the meeting, Sanjay Singh telephoned Kejriwal so that the family could speak to the chief minister. Gopal said Kejriwal assured the family that the AAP would fulfil their demands.

Sanjay Singh met Gopal, the farmer’s brothers Vijendra Singh and Devendra Singh and his 17-year-old daughter Megha. Gopal said the AAP leader had shown them a video of the rally at Jantar Mantar that showed party leaders urging Gajendra to come down from the tree he had climbed.

Gopal said Sanjay Singh told the family that he himself had pleaded with Gajendra to get down and, after the farmer allegedly hanged himself, he had asked the crowd to make way for an ambulance.

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Rathore gave the family a cheque for Rs 4 lakh on behalf of the Bharatiya Janata Party while Sanjay Singh presented them a cheque for Rs 10 lakh.

The media was barred from both meetings and an AAP spokesman and Gopal later briefed reporters. Dozens of policemen were deployed in the village after the Rajasthan unit of the AAP wrote to the police chief of Dausa district about possible law and order problems during Sanjay Singh’s visit.

A four-member team of the Crime Branch of Delhi Police is currently in Nangal Jhamarwada to record statements of members of Gajendra’s family and other people and to investigate the claim that the note found on the farmer was not written by him. The team is also corroborating evidence and collecting details of the farmer’s socio-economic status to ascertain whether he was driven to commit suicide, a Delhi Police official said.

A sample of Gajendra’s handwriting will be sent to the forensic science laboratory in Delhi so that it can be compared to the note. Another team in Delhi is gathering the details of calls made from Gajendra’s mobile phone in view of claims that he was in touch with AAP leaders, the official said.

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