“I feel the pain of farmers fighting to ensure their rights. I share their pain because the government is not doing justice to them. To inflict injustice is a sin, but it is also a sin to tolerate injustice. To support farmers, some have returned their awards to the government. I have decided to sacrifice myself,” Sant Baba Ram Singh’s suicide note said.
“Nobody did anything against the oppression and for the rights of the farmers. Many even expressed their protest by returning awards,” it said.
The 65-year-old was at the Delhi-Sonipat border at Kundli, where he reached last evening. The area is 2 km from the Singhu border, the epicentre of farmers’ protest, which is now on its 21st day. In a note, he said he was sacrificing his life “to express anger and pain against the government’s injustice”.
Since the end of November, tens of thousands of farmers have gathered at the borders of Delhi from Punjab and Haryana, demanding that the three farm sector laws passed by the government in September, be scrapped.
More than 20 of the protesters have died, the farmers’ representatives said yesterday. A farmer leader from Maharashtra, Rishipal, said one farmer has died every day on an average since the protest started.