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Farmer attempts suicide at AAP anti-Land Bill rally at Jantar Mantar in Delhi

Apr 22, 2015 02:05 PM IST India India
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New Delhi: A farmer attempted suicide by hanging himself from a tree at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) anti-Land Bill rally at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Wednesday. The tragic incident was averted as AAP volunteers came on time to stop the farmer from committing the act.

The man was immediately rushed to the hospital. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the farmer who attempted suicide was from Dausa in Rajasthan and had been taken to the hospital. "We do not know about his condition. We and the government are with the family of the farmer. Arvind Kejriwal and I will go to the hospital soon to meet him," Sisodia added.

Kejriwal is leading a protest rally against the new Land Bill at Jantar Mantar in the national capital. AAP workers and supporters will march from Jantar Mantar to Parliament even though Delhi Police has already denied permission to the party to hold the rally.

Section 144 of CrPC is already in place in New Delhi area as Parliament is in session. Senior officers of Delhi Police said that action will be taken against anyone violating prohibitory orders.

Additional forces are to be positioned to prevent AAP supporters from marching towards Parliament.

The AAP is demanding withdrawal of the land ordinance saying that cosmetic amendments will not work. The party has backed UPA's version of the Land Bill.

Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said, "The BJP's Land Ordinance is a 'black law' and we will protest against it. Just changing a few sections of the Bill won't do good. 80 per cent farmers consent was needed earlier and it was changed by the NDA. Earlier fertile land couldn't be taken over, that will change."

Promising to stand by farmers in their hour of need, another AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said, "Farmers have not been given any support by the government. We want the Prime Minister to intervene and give relief to farmers. We don't want to politicise the issue. We will stand by farmers."