Farmer who attempted suicide at AAP rally declared dead, Twitter blames Kejriwal, media

A farmer's suicide was allegedly averted at the AAP's anti-land bill rally at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan on Wednesday.

FP Staff April 22, 2015 15:24:48 IST

The farmer who tried to hang himself from a tree in AAP's anti-land bill rally has now been declared dead.

It was first reported that the AAP volunteers noticed him trying to kill himself, and stopped him and rushed him to the hospital, where the doctors said he had already died.

Dramatic visuals, earlier, showed the distraught farmer being pulled away from the gathered media by an AAP volunteer.

Farmer who attempted suicide at AAP rally declared dead Twitter blames Kejriwal media

The farmer who tried to commit suicide in AAP rally. Ibnlive

According to Headlines Today, the farmer is from Dausa in Rajasthan and has three children. He attempted to kill himself because he lost all of his crops this season.

The farmer was on top of the tree for quite sometime before volunteers noticed him trying to commit suicide.

Visuals showed the farmer precariously hanging from the branch of the tree from a white cloth that he had made into a noose.

CNN-IBN reports that when the incident took place, AAP leaders said that the police should have noticed this and taken steps to have avoided the situation.

While it is commonplace for people to perch on top of trees during rallies to get a better view of the stage, this is the first time someone has actually tried to commit suicide.

Reacting to the tragic news Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said, "The organisers could have been more sensitive, the police could have been more alert."

Another reaction came from Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who said, "I am extremely shocked and very hurt to hear about suicide. It is unfortunate that no attempt was made to go and stop the man."

"Today, farmers are trying to kill themselves from trees, what's worse is that the rally continued," he said and added, "The farmers are killing themselves by the thousands, on a weekly basis, on an hourly basis. What is driving them to it?"

Reports suggest a suicide not was also found where the farmer highlighted his plight.

And as the opposition and farmers groups build more pressure on the government over its amendments to the land bill that have been called 'anti-farmer', this sad incident is surely going to put the government in the spot.

As the visual of the farmer being rescued was telecast on news channels, social media was quick to react. While at first people on Twitter quickly dismissed the incident of attempt to suicide as an AAP gimmick to draw attention to their rally, after the farmer was declared dead people blamed the media and AAP for the death.

After the farmer was declared dead here's what people said:

And here's what people said before the farmer's death:

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