The mortal remains of Sikh preacher Baba Ram Singh, believed to have taken his own life in support of farmers’ agitation against the three central agricultural laws, were set on fire in Singhera village in Karnal district of Haryana. Friday.
Thousands of his followers, including politicians, religious gurus, peasant leaders, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have come to Singhera to pay their final tribute to the 65-year-old preacher.
Baba Ram Singh reportedly died of suicide on Wednesday afternoon at the Delhi border with Singhu as he could not bear the “pain of the peasants” and the alleged insensitivity of the government to their concerns. Singh had left a note, which had been read along with some pages of his personal diary during the last rites.
His followers claimed Ram Singh was writing about the farmers’ riots after visiting the protesters on December 9 for the first time.
Akali’s leaders and a large number of his followers paid him final tributes to his gurdwara in Karnal on Thursday.
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Prime Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar called the death of the 65-year-old preacher “an irreparable loss”. Khattar’s Punjab counterpart, Amarinder Singh, also expressed sorrow over the death of Sant Ram Singh.
A handwritten note in Punjabi, allegedly left by the deceased, said he was unable to endure the “pain of farmers” who protested the Centre’s agricultural reform laws. The note is being investigated by the police.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and other states have been protesting near the Delhi borders for over three weeks, demanding that the Centre’s new agricultural laws be repealed.
Many recalled that Sant Ram Singh dedicated his life to the service of humanity and organized “satsang” (prayer meetings) and “langar” (community cuisine) for thousands of people.