One of the Tamil Nadu farmers protesting in Delhi on Monday tried to commit suicide by consuming 10 sleeping pills apparently because of depression, fellow farmers said. Police, however, denied that the farmer had tried to kill himself.
The farmers said Subramani, 61, lost consciousness after he quietly took the sleeping pills at the Jantar Mantar protest site in the heart of the capital.
"He tried to commit suicide. We have rushed him to hospital. He was tired as the government is not listening to us," Prem, one of the farmers, told IANS.
Delhi Police dismissed the suicide claim.
"There was no case of attempt to suicide. He (Subramani) was admitted to RML Hospital as he fell sick," said a police official.
The farmers have been protesting here to press their demands including a drought relief package, loan waiver, adequate renumeration for agriculture produce, crop insurance as well as linking of rivers to address the water crisis.