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Tragedy at AAP anti-Land Bill rally, Rajasthan farmer commits suicide, Kejriwal blames Delhi Police

Apr 22, 2015 02:57 PM IST India India

New Delhi: In a tragic turn of events, a farmer from Rajasthan committed suicide on Wednesday at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) anti-Land Bill rally in Delhi's Jantar Mantar. The farmer identified as Gajendra Singh, a resident of Nangal Jhamarwada village in Dausa, also left a suicide note stating that he has three children and had been disowned by his father due to crop damage after recent rains and hailstorm.

Gajendra climbed a neem tree near the AAP rally venue, tied a rope around his neck and the other was tied on a branch and them jumped. Even though AAP volunteers tried to stop the farmer from committing the act, brought him down from the tree and rushed him to a hospital but he could not be saved.

The man was immediately rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital just a few minutes drive from Jantar Mantar but the doctors declared him brought dead. Dr. Sunil Saxena of Ram Manohar Lohia hospital said, "The farmer was brought dead."

Meanwhile, politics has already started over the tragic incident as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that police did not listen to him as it was not under his control. "Delhi Police did not try to stop the farmer from committing suicide," Kejriwal said.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Maken also rushed to the hospital. He said, "The organisers could have been more sympathetic and more responsible. The police could have been more responsible."

Former Dausa MP and Congress leader Sachin Pilot said, "We will extend all possible help to victim. There is no one to take care of farmers at this moment. No one tried to save the farmer."

Kejriwal was leading a protest rally against the new Land Bill at Jantar Mantar when the incident took place but his protest continued even after the tragedy. AAP workers and supporters had planned a march from Jantar Mantar to Parliament even though Delhi Police had 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.