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AAP's Sanjay Singh visits family of Gajendra Singh in Dausa, demands martyr status for him

Apr 24, 2015 06:17 PM IST India India

Dausa: After facing flak from all directions over the suicide of a farmer at its rally, the Aam Aadmi Party is in damage control mode. AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Friday visited Gajendra Singh's grieving family in Dausa, Rajasthan. The family has demanded a martyr status for Gajendra and also a job for his daughter.

Sanjay Singh's visit comes after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised for not stopping the rally and making a speech after the farmer hanged himself. Earlier he had slammed the Delhi Police for not coming to the farmer's rescue soon enough.

"We will put forward a proposal with the Delhi government to give martyr status to Gajendra Singh. We shall also put forward a proposal to give a job to one of his children when they turn 18," Singh said.

Gajendra's helpless father said he has no choice but to accept their apology. "I have already lost everything. Sanjay Singh has promised that they will help us in every possible way," his father said.

However, the family has claimed that the suicide note was not written by him and held the AAP and Kejriwal responsible for his death. His relatives have also demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into his death.

The family has also given a memorandum to Rajasthan Health Minister Rajendra Rathore who promised to forward it to the Centre.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government and police are at loggerheads over the probe.

AAP continues to maintain that police investigation would be biased just like their FIR which blames the party. But Delhi Police rubbished AAP's allegations that it is conducting a biased investigation.

Gajendra Singh, a resident of Nangal Jhamarwada village in Dausa, tied a cloth to a tree and committed suicide at AAP's anti-Land Acquisition Bill rally venue on Wednesday. He also allegedly left a suicide note stating that he had three children and had been disowned by his father due to crop damage after recent rains and hailstorm.