A lawyer from Punjab allegedly died by suicide by consuming poison on Sunday a few kilometres from the farmers' protest site at Tikri border. The deceased Lawyer, identified as Amarjit Singh from Jalalabad in Punjab's Fazilka district, was taken to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Rohtak where doctors declared him dead on arrival, news agency PTI reported police as saying.
According to the report, Singh, in a purported suicide note, said he was sacrificing his life in support of the farmers' agitation against the Centre's new farm laws so that the government is compelled to listen to the voice of the people. Singh wrote that the common people such as farmers and labourers are feeling "defrauded" due to the three "black" agriculture laws and "the worst life is inevitable".
The police said they are verifying the authenticity of the suicide note, dated December 18. "We have informed the relatives of the deceased and once they reach here their statements will be recorded and further proceedings will be conducted," PTI quoted a police officer from Haryana's Jhajjar district as saying.
The officer added that they were informed about the suicide by the hospital authorities. Earlier, at least two suicides have been linked to the farmers' protest which has been going on at various border points of Delhi for a month now.
A Sikh cleric, Sant Ram Singh, died after he allegedly shot himself near the Singhu border protest site earlier this month claiming that he was "unable to bear the pain of the farmers". A 22-year-old farmer had allegedly died by suicide in Punjab's Bathinda after returning from a protest site near the Delhi border.