Farmer commits suicide at AAP Kisan rally, party blames police inaction
news Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 05:30
An Aam Aadmi Party rally organised to protest against the government's land bill turned deadly after a farmer attending the event hanged himself from a nearby tree. Doctors at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital said that that the farmer, identified as Gajender Singh of Rajasthan, was already dead by the time he was brought in. A report in The Indian Express further mentions that there was absolute chaos at the rally when the farmer was seen trying to commit suicide by hanging himself from a tree. Reportedly, onlookers assumed that the man was trying to get a better view of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal when he started scaling the tree at around 1:30 pm. According to the report however, the man proceeded to hang himself after tying a white cloth around his neck while holding on to the tree with both hands. The report also mentions that by this time several policemen had surrounded the tree but made no attempt to bring the man down. AAP leader Kumar Vishwas was reportedly about to address the gathering when he noticed the farmer and asked him to get down from the tree if he wanted a better view of the Delhi CM, asking him to not do anything dangerous. After sensing that the man was motionless, Vishwas reportedly called out to the police saying, â€śPolice is standing there. Why are you not doing your work?â€ť The report adds that the police indeed stood motionless for between five to ten minutes and five civilians instead brought the man down who was then rushed to the hospital. There was also a mention of pushing and shoving between police and the people present at the rally, with many of them expressing their anger at the policeâ€™s inaction. The farmer had also reportedly written a note, a copy of which was tweeted by the reporter from the newspaper. Here it is:Â Â This is the note the man threw down before hanging himself @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/k0fkIvwjEs â€” Dipankar Ghose (@dipankarghose31) April 22, 2015 Courtesy: The Indian ExpressÂ With inputs from IANS
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