Jaipur: The body of farmer Gajendra Singh, who committed suicide at an Aam Aadmi Party rally in Delhi, was on Thursday taken for last rites with a large number of people including politicians converging at his native village Nangal Jhamarvar in Dausa district.
Farmer Gajendra Singh during Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s rally against the Union government's Land Acquisition Bill at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday. He committed suicide later. Pic/PTI
According to officials, the body was taken to Rajgarh in Alwar district, which is 30 km away from his village, last night. Due to his niece's wedding, his body was brought to the village only this morning after the 'baraat' (wedding party) left the village.
The body was taken for cremation in a large procession. Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and PCC President Sachin Pilot were among those present. "It is a very tragic incident and we are here to offer whatever support we can to the family. Farmers are distraught and feeling helpless.... There has been a system failure," Pilot said.
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Gehlot said it was clear that the government was not taking the issue seriously and demanded that it announce a package for the farmers. A pall of gloom has descended on the village after 41-year-old Singh, a father of three, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in public view at an AAP rally yesterday in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Dausa is about 60 kms from state capital Jaipur.