23/04/2015 7:49 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Farmer Suicide At AAP Rally: Family Says He Took His Life Due To Stress Over Crop Loss

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Indian farmer Gajendra Singh stands on a tree before committing suicide during an Aam Aadmi Party rally in New Delhi on April 22, 2015. A farmer hanged himself in front of hundreds of protesters gathered in the centre of the Indian capital on April 22 to rally against the government's contentious reform of land purchasing laws. AFP PHOTO/Chandan KHANNA (Photo credit should read Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

JAIPUR — Family of a farmer from Rajasthan, who committed suicide at a public rally in the national capital, claimed that he took the extreme step due to "unexpected loss" of his crops.

41-year-old Gajendra Singh, a resident of Dausa district and father of three, took his life by hanging himself from a tree, while Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was addressing a farmers rally on the issue of Land Acquisition Ordinance.

Gopal Singh, the victim's uncle, said, "Gajendra was under stress and disturbed due to loss of crop."

"He took the extreme step due to unexpected loss. He earned his livelihood through farming and after the loss, he was disturbed," Gopal said.

The Dausa district administration, however, countered the family's claim, saying, loss of crop "does not appear to be the reason" behind it.

"Loss to crops does not appear to be a reason of suicide.

His family's financial condition is fine and they have farm houses and his uncle is the local village sarpanch," Dausa's Additional District Collector, Kailash Sharma said.

Kailash further claimed that "not a single farm in Baswa Tehsil, where the farmer's village falls, is entitled for compensation. During the survey conducted by the district administration to assess loss to crops, it was found that the damage in all the farms in that Tehsil was below 33 per cent therefore no farmer was eligible for compensation."

Also, Sub-Divisional Officer Bandikui, Dayanand Sharma, claimed that "Gajendra never approached the authority to demand any compensation.

According to Bandikui SHO Laxmikant Sharma, "Gajendra Singh had 8 bighas of land and had cultivated wheat."

Unmindful of the appeals from AAP leaders and workers to climb down from a tree at Jantar Mantar, the rally venue, Gajendra put his towel around his neck and hanged himself.

Dausa district is about 60 kms from Jaipur.

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