Rohtak teacher dies by suicide in support of protesting farmers
A teacher died by suicide in Rohtak, Haryana by consuming poison on Tuesday in support of the farmers protesting against the farm laws, police said. Shortly before his death, Mukesh uploaded a video on social media, expressing his solidarity with the farmers who are protesting against the farm laws that were passed by the Centre government last year in the month of September.
Police received information about video, tried to stop the suicide
Rohtak Deputy Superintendent of Police Gorakhpal said as soon as police received information that a middle-aged man had uploaded some video on a social networking site stating that he wanted to take the extreme step, they immediately swung into action. "However, when we reached the site, he had consumed poison. We rushed him to the PGIMS, but he had already died," the DSP said.
Man was sad that farmers' demands had not been met
The body has been handed over to the deceased's relatives. In the video, Mukesh stated that he stood with the farmers during the protests and was saddened as their demands had not been met. Mukesh also thanked all those, including some opposition parties' politicians from Haryana, for standing behind the farmers against the farm laws.
Victim's brother said he was upset over government's response
"Mukesh was upset as farmers had been sitting in protest for many months without any resolution to their demands. He had also visited the farmers' protest site near the Delhi borders on a few occasions," his brother said.
Singhu, Tikri, Mungeshpur, and Harewali borders are still closed
Currently, keeping in mind the ongoing farmers' protest, the borders around Delhi still remain closed. The Singhu, Tikri, Mungeshpur, and Harewali borders, all connecting Delhi with Haryana, are completely closed for the movement of all kinds of vehicles, the Ghazipur-Ghaziabad border is partially closed. Vehicles are to enter from Apsara, Bhopra, Loni, Surya Nagar, Anand Vihar, Kaushambi, and Kondli borders.
Farmers had taken out a tractor rally on Jan 26
To recall, farmers' protest turned violent during the tractor rally they took out on January 26, Republic Day, this year. Though the protest has largely been peaceful, few incidents of violence have occurred. Recently, the farmers vandalized the SUV in which Kurukshetra MP and BJP leader Nayab Singh Saini was traveling in at Shahabad-Markanda town to show their agitation.