A debt ridden farmer consumed poison in front of Punjab finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa’s residence on Monday around 1pm. The incident took place during a protest held by 13 farmer and labor unions. He was rushed to the civil hospital and doctors termed his condition to be critical.
The farmer was identified as Darshan Singh, 50, resident of Saddopur village near Malerkotla. “He is serious and we are going to refer him to Government Rajindera hospital, Patiala” said, Dr Baljit Singh, medical officer, civil hospital Sangrur.
As many as 13 farmer and labour unions held demonstration in front of the residences of Punjab cabinet ministers on Monday and the outfits were agitating for their long pending demands including alleged Dalit atrocities, demonetisation and farm debt waiver.
“He was upset due to the loan of around Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh of different banks and moneylenders,” said Nahar Singh, leader of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugharana) Nahar Singh. “On the protest spot we felt some smell and found he had consumed poison. The anti- farmer policies of state government have forced farmers to take such steps” said the leader.