Haryana farmer dies by suicide near Tikri border
A 49-year-old farmer, who had been protesting against the Centre’s farm laws, died by suicide seven kilometres way from the protest site near Tikri border on Sunday, police said.
The farmer, Rajbir Singh, a resident of Sisai village in Hisar hung himself from a tree. Bahadurgarh city police station house officer Vijay Kumar said, “The farmer left a suicide note. The body has been sent for postmortem examination.”
In his suicide note, the farmer said his sacrifice to ensure the three laws are repealed will not go in vain. “ If required, you (farmers) can put my body on the road but you should go home only after the government repeals the three farm laws and gives a legal guarantee of minimum support price. This government wants farmers’ blood and I am giving the same. I appeal to my brothers of Sisai village to return home only after getting their rights. My last wish is that the government should take back these three laws, form a law on the MSP and send farmers home happily. Modi ji you think farmers are so powerful but they were let down by the prices of diesel and pesticide. I am a big fan of Balraj Kundu and Deepender Singh Hooda, who are fighting for the farmers,” wrote the victim.
In February, a farmer from Jind had also hung himself from a tree, two kilometres from the protest site in Tikri. Earlier, a farmer from Rohtak had consumed poison at the border and had died during treatment at a hospital in Delhi. In December 2020, a lawyer from Punjab’s Jalalabad had also died by suicide after consuming poison a few kilometres away from the main protest site. Cases of suicide have increased after a Sikh preacher shot himself dead at Kundli near Singhu border in protest against the contentious farm laws.
Karnal farmer dies at Singhu border
A farmer was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Singhu border on Sunday morning.
The deceased, Harinder Singh, 32, a resident of Thari village in Karnal, was found dead in a tent, said police. On finding the farmer unresponsive, his family members rushed him to a local doctor but he was declared brought dead.
Harinder, who owns two acres of agricultural land, was participating in the farmers’ protest against the agriculture laws and had been camping on Delhi’s Singhu border since November 27.
Expressing his condolences, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Charuni) president Gurnam Singh Charuni said Harinder’s sacrifice will not go in vain.
Hundreds of farmers and members of farmer’s unions reached Thari village to join his funeral procession.
Karnataka minister for primary and secondary education BC Nagesh slammed Congress over allegations of excluding eminent historical personalities, freedom fighters and reformers from textbooks, saying that the opposition party is using education to gather votes. The statements come almost a week after reports emerged that the Bharatiya Janata Party government allegedly removed portions of the chapter on Bhagat Singh, Narayana Guru and others to accommodate right-wing ideologues like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh founder KB Hedgewar.
Mild to heavy rains lashed parts of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday coupled with gusty winds and thunderstorms. Weather officials said Kashmir valley witnessed light to moderate rain with thunderstorms and gusty winds in the north-western, northern and central parts on Sunday evening and during the night as well. Meteorologist M Hussain Mir said that Kashmir valley may witness less precipitation than Sunday while Jammu may get heavy rainfall.
Bengaluru At least 12 people and over 400 animals died in the recent unseasonal rains across Karnataka between May 15-21, according to the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority. “Farmers whose crops have been destroyed by excess rains are contemplating ending their own lives. Such is the situation and the Union Bank has sent us notices to repay the loans. What kind of justice is this?” asked Purshottam Gowda, a farmer from Ballari.
A man, who allegedly raped his 20-year-old woman tenant at gunpoint in Bengaluru on April 11, has harassed the woman in the past, city police said on Monday. Police said medical test of both the survivor and accused was conducted on Sunday night. The accused is a native of Bihar and lives with his family at Shanthi Nagar locality in central Bengaluru. City police said the accused claimed he was being framed by the tenant.
Leader of the opposition and Congress leader Siddaramaiah criticised the chairman of the textbook revision committee on Monday for a 2017 parody post on 'Rashtra Kavi' Kuvempu's 'naada geethe' or state anthem, one of the most revered songs in Karnataka. The parody verse continued with the mention of alcohol, meat and other jokes meant to target the Congress.