Farmers’ Protest: Haryana Priest Shoots Himself Near Singhu Border

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As the farmers’ agitation against the new farm laws entered its 21st day, a 65-year-old Sikh priest committed suicide at the Singhu border protest site on Wednesday.

An official of the Sonipat police said they had received a call that Sant Ram Singh (65), who hailed from Karnal, allegedly shot himself. The deceased was rushed to a hospital in Panipat where doctors declared him brought dead.

”We got information that Sant Ram Singh of Karnal committed suicide by shooting himself. He was taken to Panipat hospital, where he died. Then, he was taken to Karnal Civil Hospital, where Sonipat Police is also there for further probe,” Virendra Singh, DSP (Head Quarter), Sonipat said.

SAD spokesperson and Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa expressed grief over the incident and urged farmers to exercise restraint.

“A very sad news has been received that Sant Ram Singh, who dedicated his life to the service of humanity, committed suicide by shooting himself,” he said on Twitter.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal tweeted, “Anguished to hear that Sant Baba Ram Singh ji Nanaksar Singhra wale shot himself at Singhu border in Kisan Dharna, looking at farmers’ suffering. Sant ji’s sacrifice won’t be allowed to go in vain. I urge GOI not to let situation deteriorate any further & repeal the 3 agri laws.”

Farmers have also been camping at the Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur, and Chilla (Delhi-Noida) border in Delhi-NCR for over two weeks now to demand a repeal of the three farm laws.

The farmers are protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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