Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 25
Farmer Major Singh of Thera Kala village near Ajnala, who had committed suicide owing to financial distress yesterday, was cremated at his native village here today. The family was visited by Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, and AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira who claimed that Major Singh in his suicide note had stated that he had voted for the Congress hoping that his loan would be waived.
“The usual practice of the police is that the persons mentioned in the suicide note are booked for abetment to suicide. As the names ‘captain’ and Punjab Government are mentioned in the note, at least the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, should clarify when would these suicides stop?” said Khaira.
He stated that the government before the elections had promised that the entire loans of the agricultural sector would be waived. “The present announcement of a loan-waiver up to Rs 2 lakh has failed to provide any respite, as is evident from continuing suicides by farmers,” he said.
The AAP leader demanded that the loans of the farmers should be settled by the government and to help them lead a respectable life in future, they should be given profitable prices of their produce. He demanded that the government should immediately implement the MS Swaminathan report.
Earlier, activists of the Kirti Kisan Union (KKU) staged a protest outside the Ajnala DSP’s office, demanding that an FIR against the system which is responsible for farmers’ suicides should be registered. KKU leader Datar Singh said, “The farmers are not being paid good prices for their produce. Besides, the entire system is responsible for their exploitation.”
Officials of the administration, SP (Investigation) HS Randhawa and tehsildar Jagsir Singh said the family members of the victim would be given compensation and other benefits as per the policy. A local leader of the Congress, Kawarpartap Singh, son of Ajnala MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala, and SAD leader Talbir Singh, political secretary of former minister Bikram Singh Majithia also visited the family.
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