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Farmer from Punjab commits suicide after returning from Delhi protests

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In an unfortunate incident, a farmer from Punjab, who was part of the protests against the contentious farm laws in Delhi, committed suicide after returning home. The deceased was just 22-year-old and reportedly consume some poisonous substance, the Punjab Police said.

The deceased, Gurlabh Singh, a resident of Dayalpura Mirza village of Bathinda district, had been part of the protest near the Delhi border. He had returned to his village on Friday, police said.

It added that he consumed some poisonous substance on Saturday at his home. He was taken to the nearest hospital where he was declared “brought dead”. The reason behind the suicide was yet to be ascertained, the police added.

Over 30 farmers died

So far, over 30 protesting farmers have lost their lives since the protest began. The figure includes the deaths that took place due to the prevalent cold wave conditions in north India and those who died in road accidents.

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Also, multiple rounds of discussions with the government have remained inconclusive. The Supreme Court has also intervened in the matter and has asked the Centre to keep its farm laws on hold for the time being.

PM Modi supports farm laws

Ever since the controversy erupted over the contentious farm laws, PM Modi has repeatedly tried to enumerate the advantages of the reforms. He has hailed the farm laws as game changer, which the Opposition and his critics have termed as a move to benefit the corporate.

The prime minister has also attacked the Opposition for not doing anything for the farmers during their tenure and misleading them on the reforms. He has assured the farmers that the existing system of minimum support price and the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) will continue.

However, the protesting farmers are not ready to settle for anything less than the withdrawal of the acts—something that the government is not ready to do.

 

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