Uproar over farmer's suicide at AAP rally: As it happened on Thursday

Zee Media has gained access to the FIR that has been registered by Delhi Police in the Gajendra Singh suicide case. The FIR says that AAP workers and leaders had instigated the farmer. Further, firebrigade vehicles were prevented from reaching the spot.  

New Delhi: Live updates from the events unfolding in the wake of a farmer's suicide at Aam Aadmi Party's rally at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday:

  • Delhi Congress holds a candlelight march at Jantar Mantar in memory of farmer Gajendra Singh. Hundreds of supporters led by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Maken walked upto the tree from which the farmer from Rajasthan had hanged himself yesterday.
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  • Let the investigation be complete: Who's responsible can only be found out after investigation is complete, I can assure that a fair inquiry will be conducted: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on farmer's suicide issue.
  • Delhi Police knows law of land, must be knowing what has to be done. AAP is an expert in giving political perception to every issue, everything shouldn't be given a political colour: Satish Upadhyay, BJP, on farmer suicide.
  • Also Read: Farmer's suicide: BJP, AAP are playing politics, says Congress

  • That's definitely not my father's handwriting, he wasn't ready to take any such step (suicide). I want the government to bear the expenses of our education and provide us government jobs: Megha, Gajendra's daughter.
  • I hold AAP responsible for this, their speeches were still going on when my father (farmer) was trying to hang himself: Megha, Gajendra's daughter.
  • Gajendra brother said that he was invited for the rally by Manish Sisodia: Congress' RPN Singh.
  • We've replied to letter making it clear that the matter is not under their jurisdiction: Bassi on letter to DM regarding farmer suicide.
  • As per our investigation his death is due to hanging (farmer suicide), post mortem report awaited which will be analyzed: BS Bassi.
  • Also Read: Ajay Maken demands judicial inquiry into farmer's suicide
  • The Delhi Police has written to New Delhi District Magistrate stating he has no jurisdiction to conduct an inquiry into the Jantar Mantar farmer suicide case.  
  • The FIR further says that leaders and workers of AAP had instigated Gajendra Singh to commit suicide, hence they should be acted upon.
  • As per the FIR, SS Yadav was the inspector on duty at the rally venue. “I informed the control room on wireless and asked AAP workers and others to climb up the tree and rescue Gajendra. We asked AAP workers to help the person and also to make way for the rescue vehicle. They continued to say that police was against AAP and is not allowing us to go ahead with our rally,” Yadav is quoted as saying in the FIR.
  • Zee Media has gained access to the FIR that has been registered by Delhi Police in the Gajendra Singh suicide case. The FIR says that AAP workers and leaders had instigated the farmer. Further, firebrigade vehicles were prevented from reaching the spot.
  • There should be a judicial inquiry in the Gajender Singh suicide case so that such incidents are not repeated, says Congress leader Ajay Maken.
  • This is a great tragedy, that so many farmers are committing suicide, says former PM Manmohan Singh.
  • Vijendra tells ANI that Manish Sisodia had called Gajendra to Delhi.
  • I hold Arvind Kejriwal responsible in this matter, says Gajendra Singh's brother Vijendra.
  • You channels have the footage, you can show the truth what happened. Did we stop the police from doing their work? - Kumar Vishwas
  • The Home Minister lied in the House by saying that the Delhi Police was not allowed to do its job. Mukesh Kumar Meena yesterday said that it wasn't the police's job to get the farmer down from the tree - Kumar Vishwas
  • What Home Minister said in Parliament is not in line with what the Delhi Police said - Kumar Vishwas

  • I seek suggestions with an open mind. Let us not let our farmers die – PM Modi
  • We have to find a solution to farmers' problems. We will not betray interests of farmers. Clearly, all of us are together in this - Modi

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  • We all have to think where we have gone wrong - Modi
  • There is nothing more valuable than farmer's life, a human's life – PM Modi

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  • Farmers' suicide has been age-old problem, is very widespread and a cause of concern. We have to look at it in that light – PM Modi
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is speaking on the farmer's suicide issue in Lok Sabha.
  • It doesn't matter now if they (politicians) come to visit us, they could have saved him if they wanted to, says Gajendra's brother Vijendra Singh.
  • Investigation has been handed over to the Crime Branch; our objective is to reach the bottom of the matter at the earliest, says Delhi Police chief BS Bassi.

  • Yesterday, AAP government had announced that a magisterial enquiry would be initiated in the case. Today, Delhi Police is refusing to cooperate with them - Kumar Vishwas
  • Gajendra's sacrifice won't go in vain, says Kumar Vishwas.
  • The party has decided to give the deceased farmer's family Rs 10 lakh as compensation - Sanjay Singh.
  • Aam Aadmi Party will offer all help, will support Gajendra Singh's children's education, says Sanjay Singh.
  • AAP is briefing the press.
  • FIR has been registered at the Parliament Street police station - Rajnath Singh
  • Delhi Police personnel had requested people who had gathered to stop applauding and raising slogans. Gajendra was provoked by crowd's applause and sloganeering - Rajnath
  • I offer my condolences to Gajendra Singh's family, also on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of India. This matter should not be politicised, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha.
  • Farmer Gajendra's sister has revealed that her brother had no intention to commit suicide. “I had spoken to him at around 1.30 pm yesterday. He had told me that he will return home by evening. Also, the handwriting on the so-called suicide note is not Gajendra's.”
  • A team of Delhi Police's Crime Branch is at the AAP rally venue where farmer Gajendra Singh had committed suicide.
  • The farmer could have been stopped from committing suicide, AAP leaders should have been proactive, says BSP chief Mayawati.
  • Sources say the Delhi Police, as part of its probe into Gajendra Singh's death case, will also focus on whether AAP leaders at the rally were aware of the farmer's intention to commit suicide. The leaders who were present on the dais during the rally may also be questioned.
  • Political speech should have stopped when we heard that the farmer had passed away, says AAP leader Dharamvir Gandhi.

Also Read: LIVE - Uproar in Parliament over farmer's suicide

  • Delhi Police uses water canons against BJP leaders protesting at Shaheedi Park in Delhi.
  • We have submitted a report to the Home Ministry. We will look into the matter and whatever needs to be done will be done, says Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Gajendra Singh's suicide case.

Also Read: Jung, Bassi brief Rajnath Singh

  • Govt’s come and go but the feeling of hopelessness that has surfaced in the minds of farmers must be tackled - Sachin Pilot
  • We will offer all possible help. There is some failure in the system, says Sachin Pilot.
  • The government should come right away and offer compensation to farmers affected by crop damage - Gehlot
  • We had warned the BJP government in state earlier as well. This crop damage is not a normal occurrence. But the state government is not paying heed, says Ashok Gehlot after meeting Gajendra's family.
  • "Gajendra ka balidaan yaad karega Hindustan", "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan" slogans are raised during the deceased farmer's funeral.

Also Read: Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh cremated

  • Meanwhile, deceased farmer Gajendra Singh has been cremated in his native village of Nangal Jhamarwada, in Rajasthan's Dausa district.

Also Read: What we know about Gajendra Singh

  • PM Narendra Modi and weather have killed this farmer (Gajendra Singh), says Congress' Randeep Surjewala. “We have never seen a more inhuman and more cruel person than Arvind Kejriwal. For political benefit if Kejriwal can climb up an electrical pole, why not a tree?” asks Surjewala.
  • Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung this morning met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and briefed him on the Gajendra Singh suicide case.
  • This was a motivated murder, an FIR should be lodged for murder, says Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a meeting with senior ministers over the farmer suicide case. Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Venkaiah Naidu are present at the meet.

Also Read: Senior Cabinet Ministers brief PM Modi on Gajendra Singh suicide case

  • BJP workers are holding protest against Kejriwal over farmer suicide case at ITO.

Also Read: BJP protests against Aam Aadmi Party

  • Youth Congress workers protest outside Arvind Kejriwal's residence over farmer's suicide case. Protesters raise slogans against Kejriwal and burn posters bearing his photo.

Also Read: Youth Congress protests outside Kejriwal's residence

  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to make a statement in Parliament today on the Gajendra Singh suicide case.
  • Mortal remains of farmer Gajendra Singh are now being taken for final rites at his native village Nangal.

  • Meanwhile, an AAP meeting is underway at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Gopal Rai, Pankaj Gupta and Kumar Vishwas are among those who are attending the meeting.
  • Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and ex-Dausa MP Sachin Pilot (both of the Congress) have arrived at Gajendra Singh’s residence. “It's a very sad incident,” says Sachin Pilot.
  • Lokendra Singh Kalvi, president of Rajput Karni Sena, says this is an administrative failure of the Delhi government. “We will file an FIR against the crowd at the rally as well as the organisers,” says Kalvi.
  • The issue of Gajendra Singh's suicide is expected to figure in Parliament as well today. Several opposition parties, including JD(U) and SP, have moved an adjournment motion demanding discussion on the matter.
  • A team of Delhi Police is heading to Dausa to further investigate the matter of farmer's suicide. It may be recalled that the Delhi Police Commissioner had ordered an investigation into the matter after being instructed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
  • It is being reported that the Delhi Police had advised the AAP to hold rally against Land Ordinance at Ramlila Maidan instead of Jantar Mantar.
  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has issued a statement on the farmer's suicide at his party's Jantar Mantar rally. It says: “Loss of life of this farmer in distress is an extremely sad incident. Delhi government does not wish to engage in any blame game on this terrible tragedy and no words can fulfill the irreparable loss caused to Gajendra’s family. We will do everything to find out how such an incident took place in full public view.”

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“The Delhi government is committed to the well being of farmers and will continue to strive for their betterment. District Magistrate of the area has already begun his probe into the entire incident and the government will await the inquiry report before any further reaction.”

  • Satish Kumar Jain, tehsildar of Nangal, says crop damage in the region was below 24%. “We had sent the report to the government. The limit for disbursing compensation is 33%.” Jain adds that Gajendra Singh was financially sound.  

Also Read: Gajendra Singh was 'financially sound', says Dausa Tehsildar 

  • Mortal remains of deceased farmer Gajendra Singh arrive at his residence in Nangal, Jhamarwada, in Rajasthan's Dausa.
  • Gajendra's farmer faints while waiting for his son's mortal remains.
  • Workers of both the BJP and Congress will today hold protest against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over farmer Gajendra's suicide at AAP rally.
  • He had gone with a hope to get help. We had given him the chit to read it out at the rally, but he did not get an opportunity, says Jaiveer Singh on the suicide note recovered at the rally site.
  • Jaiveer Singh, Gajendra's uncle, also reiterates that the deceased farmer was in contact with Manish Sisodia.
  • We don’t know what speech was given. We don’t know how he was provoked at the rally and ended up doing this (committing suicide), adds Rajender Singh.
  • We have come to know that Gajendra had gone to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's house at around 11 am yesterday, before the rally, says Gajendra's cousin Rajender Singh.

Also Read: 'Farmer who committed suicide at AAP rally was in touch with Manish Sisodia'

  • He was not distressed. He had gone to Delhi to represent us over the crop damage that we had suffered due to unseasonal rains, says Girdhari Singh.
  • Was it a jungle where Gajendra committed suicide? Wasn't there anyone who could have saved him? asks Girdhari Singh, a relative of Gajendra Singh.

What happened on Wednesday

An AAP rally attended by thousands against the Land Ordinance on Wednesday turned tragic when a Rajasthan farmer, his crops ruined by untimely rains, hanged himself from a tree in the heart of the capital, shocking India and sparking an ugly political blame game.

"Gajendra (Singh)'s death has saddened the nation," Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office said, referring to the father of three who climbed a neem tree at the Jantar Mantar protest site and died after tying his scarf around his neck to a stout branch.

The statement came hours after the dramatic death when Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas, addressing the mass gathering, suddenly spotted the man on the tree, seemingly precariously perched, and asked police and AAP activists to bring him down.

Three party activists clambered up the tree and untied the scarf. But before they could take a good grip of him, the limp body slipped from their hands and fell with a thud, only to cause chaos at the rally.

Shouting anti-police slogans, some volunteers rushed the man to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, around two kilometers away, where doctors declared him dead.

A hand-written 'suicide note' in Hindi found at the spot said the man was taking his life because rains had destroyed his crops. He ended the note with "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Rajasthan".

In no time, a political war erupted.

Taken aback by the suicide, AAP leaders blamed Delhi Police, saying police did not even respond to their appeals to bring the man down from the tree.

"Police didn't play their role properly. They should have made efforts to save Gajendra Singh. It were AAP activists who put their lives at risk and brought him down and took him to hospital," said Kumar Vishwas.

Asked why the rally was not halted after the incident, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said: "If we had stopped the rally, there would have been a stampede or other law and order problems."

Police denied AAP's charges and said an inquiry was on to find out what happened. The investigation was ordered by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, to whom Delhi Police reports.

The Bharatiya Janata Party hit out at the AAP. Its spokesman Sambit Patra asked: "Why didn't AAP leaders stop the farmer from committing suicide?"

The first to reach the hospital was Congress leader Ajay Maken, who blamed both police and the AAP for the suicide. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi came calling later.

In Rajasthan, the family of the deceased farmer said Gajendra was shaken after losing his entire wheat crop to untimely rains.

Gopal Singh, an uncle of Gajendra Singh, said that the man was not compensated by the state government.

"He had around 25 bighas (around 2.5 hectare) of land and grew wheat. His crop was destroyed by rains and hailstorm... So far no compensation has been given to us."

The Congress announced Rs 2 lakh as compensation to the dead man's family.

Kejriwal was told of the incident -- it wasn't clear then whether the man was alive or dead -- by some volunteers on the dais. Thinking that the man was probably alive, he said he would call on him after the rally.

In his speech, Kejriwal accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to snatch farmers' land to give it to the "super rich".

"Today farmers have realised that this is not a government of farmers, it is a government of anti-farmers," he said to loud cheers. "This is 'super amiron ki sarkar (a government of the super rich)."

Kejriwal questioned the need to enact an Ordinance to make land takeover easy.

"What is the urgency? Is there a big emergency? What is the compulsion? Is some major project stalled? Our farmers want to know."

(With IANS inputs)