India — Sikh Preacher Sant Baba Ram Singh Commits Suicide

  • Police are investigating the letter
  • "He was constantly going for picketing on the Delhi-Haryana border and was very saddened by this struggle of the farmers."
  • The Leader of the Opposition, Rahul Gandhi, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government should immediately repeal the laws.

Ram Singh Singhada, a 65-year-old Sikh preacher, allegedly shot himself at the Singhu border on Wednesday evening. He was from Singhda village in Karnal district of Haryana. According to news agency, PTI, a handwritten letter has been found stating that “the plight of farmers cannot be tolerated.”

Police are investigating the letter. According to India Today, Sant Baba Ram Singh’s suicide note read, in part:

“I have witnessed the plight of the farmers, who are on the streets, struggling for their rights. I am hurt to see that the government is not giving them justice. It is a crime. It is a sin to oppress and it is a sin to suffer. . . Nobody did anything against the oppression and for the rights of the farmers. Many even expressed their protest by returning awards.”

Farmers’ Protest in India

A senior official told the news reporters that he had received information about the incident from the media.

“We have not received any official information so far. During the investigation, it was learned that he was taken to the Civil Hospital in Karnal. He has been declared dead there,” the official said.

SAD spokesperson and Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa expressed grief.

“A very sad news has been received that Sant Ram Singh, who dedicated his life to the service of humanity, committed suicide by shooting himself,” he said on his Twitter handle.

“It is a sin to suffer atrocity and witness it, which I cannot see,” Sirsa said the cleric wrote in his suicide note

“It is a very grave time. I request you as the chief sewadar of the DSGMC to exercise restraint because anybody can do mischief in the farmers’ agitation. It is a very sad incident for all of us but we need to be restrained,” said Sirsa.

According to news sources, Gangaram Poonia said the body has been sent to Karnal Civil Hospital and the postmortem is underway. Joga Singh, a colleague of the deceased, told journalists that he had shot himself.

Joga Singh said, “he went to the picket site for the second time. He was very saddened to see the harassment of the farmers.” Singh village sarpanch Navdeep Singh said Baba Ram Singh had a large number of supporters and he lived in a gurdwara.

He said, “he was constantly going for picketing on the Delhi-Haryana border and was very saddened by this struggle of the farmers.”

Farmers’ Protest in India

Leaders Expressed Grief

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh lamented the incident, saying, “This news of Sant Ram Singhji is disturbing during the ongoing farmers’ struggle on the Singhu border.” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted:

“The news of Sant Baba Ram Singh’s suicide is very sad. Our farmers are demanding their rights, the government should listen to them and repeal all the three black laws.”

The Akali Dal has also expressed grief over the death of Baba Ram Singh. Daljit Singh Cheema, who is associated with the Akali Dal, said that Ram Singh’s death has shaken everyone.

While blaming the government’s indifference for Ram Singh’s death, the Leader of the Opposition, Rahul Gandhi, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government should immediately repeal the laws.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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