New Delhi: A letter has been widely circulated on social media purportedly written by Advocate Amarjit Singh who committed suicide on Sunday near farmers protest site at Tikri border.
According to reports, Amarjit consumed some poisonous substance and was immediately taken to Rohtak's Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, where he died.
Jaspreet Singh, a protesting farmer from Jalalabad, said the deceased had been staying at a camp in his neighbourhood near Pakoda Chowk in Bahadurgarh for 15 days before he allegedly took the fatal step.
The printed letter titled "Letter to Modi, The Dictator," expresses deep anguish and pain that the departed soul bore in the mind.
Full text of the letter:
Letter to Modi, The Dictator
The General Public of India has given you absolute majority, power and faith for saving and prosper their life. After independence the common people expected better future in you as Prime Minister.
But with great sorrow and pains I have to write that you have become the Prime Minister of Special group like Ambani and Adani etc. The common people like farmers and labour is feeling defrauded by your three agriculture black Bills and worst life is inevitable. The public is on tracks and roads not for votes but for the livelihood of their families and generations. In order to feed some capitalists, you have destroyed the common people and agriculture which is backbone of India. Kindly don't snatch the bread and butter (Roti) of farmers, labours and common people for a few capitalists and don't compel them to eat Sulphos. Socially you have betrayed the public and politically you have betrayed your associate parties like SAD.
Listen, the voice of people is the voice of God. It is sad that you wish for sacrifices like Godhra and I also offer my sacrifice in sport of this worldwide agitation for the shaking of your deaf and dumb conscious.
Amarjit Singh Advocate
Bar Association Jalalabad (Fazilka)
Over a month, farmers from several north Indian states have been protesting three contentious farm laws the Centre passed recently. Farmers apprehend that the laws would weaken the APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) or the mandi system and would leave them open to exploitation. They object to the clause that permits contract farming also, pointing out that the same could lead to losing their lands to big corporations.
The number of protesters is multiplying in thousands as many farmers are heading to the protest site after sowing season. However, the Central government seems in no mood to budge. Several rounds of talks between the government and the protesters failed as the former was adamant in its stance that the laws will not be repealed.
The farmers are firm on their stand that the laws should be rescinded and that a law to ensure Minimum Support Price for grains should be enacted.