Farmers in Punjab are living under miserable conditions and are forced to commit suicides due to economic distress, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju here said.
“I will study the issue (farmer suicides) in detail and take it up with the state government. This is highly disappointing and must be stopped at the earliest,” he said during a visit to Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib on Monday evening.
“Punjab farmers are supposed to be happy, but the ground situation is quite contrary to what it should be,” he said.
Earlier, Katju met the families of suicide victims at Bhucho village in Bathinda and wrote a letter to the district administration to provide financial assistance to the victims’ families and job to one member of each family.
Speaking to the media on the Behbal Kalan firing incident of October 14, 2015, Katju said the Investigation report in this regard will be made public in three weeks.
Katju is investigating the firing incident on the request of the Punjab Human Rights Organisation, Sikhs for Human Rights and the Lawyers for Human Rights International.
Katju said he was seeking cooperation from the state government and Punjab Police to compile the report as he had already recorded the statements of around 45 witnesses. “We want them to come up with their side of story which is necessary for a fair probe,” he added.
The former SC judge also raised the issue of drug abuse, land sharks and sand mining in Punjab.