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Punjab: Rahul Gandhi meets kin of deceased farmer

Bhatinda (Punjab): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi who is on a two-day visit to the state on Friday met the family members of Jagdev Singh, the farmer who committed suicide.

After meeting the family members, the Congress vice president interacted with the farmers in the area.

Jagdev Singh, 52, had committed suicide by hanging himself from the iron grill of a well in his fields at Bhagwanpur village.

Jagdev owned five acres and had taken five more on lease for cultivation of cotton crop, which was destroyed completely due to the whitefly attack.

The family said he owed Rs. 3 lakhs to a commission agent and agricultural societies.

Rahul had yesterday met the families of the two men who were killed in the police firing last month during a protest against the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib.

The two men were killed in police firing at Behbal Kalan near Kotkapura when the Sikhs were protesting at Argari village in Faridkot on October 14.

Gandhi had earlier visited Punjab in April. He had then visited three grain markets of the state, including Asia’s largest grain market at Khanna. (ANI)