Chandigarh, June 18 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met the family of Punjab farmer Surjit Singh, who had committed suicide on June 11, and expressed solidarity with them.
After meeting Singh’s family, Gandhi’s official Twitter handle posted a picture with a tweet saying: “Meeting Sardar Surjit Singh’s family in Fatehgarh Sahib.”
Surjit Singh, a 60-year-old debt-ridden farmer, who met the Congress vice president on April 28 after his crops were destroyed by unseasonal rains, committed suicide by consuming poison.
The farmer from Dadumajra village near Chunni Kalan in Fategarh Sahib had a debt of Rs.13.50 lakh. Though he left no suicide note, it is being said he was under depression for quite some time.
Surjit Singh was the same farmer who had briefed Gandhi about the problems of farmers and had even warned that if such problems were not resolved, many farmers might commit suicide. He had blamed the Narendra Modi government for the plight of farmers in the country.