Amrinder Singh, a 39-year-old farmer died by suicide at Singhu border on Saturday — the fifth person to take his own life at protests against the new farm laws.
Singh consumed poison at the protest and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died during treatment.
Singh who hails from Machrai Kalan in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib, is survived by his mother, wife and two kids.
Minutes before death, he said that he hoped his death would bring success to the farmers’ movement.
Earlier this month, Kashmir Singh (75), a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur district, died by suicide at the Ghazipur border protest site.
In December last year, Amarjit Singh, a lawyer from Jalalabad in Punjab’s Fazilka district also died by suicide at the Tikri border protest site. Singh also left behind a suicide note claiming that he was ‘sacrificing’ his life in support of the ongoing farmers’ agitation.
On 20 December, another protesting farmer Gurlabh Singh (22), died by suicide near the Delhi border. He was a resident of Dayalpura Mirza village in Punjab’s Bathinda.
Baba Ram Singh, a renowned preacher died by suicide in Haryana’s Kundli not far from Singhu border. The preacher made a ‘sacrifice’ for the farmers protesting against the ‘anti-farm laws’.
The ‘Delhi Chalo’ farmers’ agitation has entered the 46th day on Sunday.
Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders.
The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system being retained.