New Delhi, April 23: Yesterday's sudden turn of events at the AAP rally in Jantar Mantar was a shock to many, but a point of debate for some who smelt foul in the entire incident.
Incidentally, media channels too are flashing angles of speculation behind the alleged suicide, implying that it was a planned attempt that went wrong. A look into the persona and lifestyle of the 'victim' throws different shades of light on his life, forcing readers to think twice before coming to any conclusions regarding the episode.
A colourful character
An emotional man, Gajendra was emotional too. Wearing a colourful Rajasthani-style turban and doning beard and moustaches, he was an expert in wearing turbans and that too within minutes. He would charge fee for tying various types of turban to tourists and would also participate in turban competitions.
In fact, that formed an additonal source of income for him, apart from farming. He was also a regular face in political rallies and tourism fairs.
A darker side
Police authorities, while quoting one of his friends, said,"At political rallies, he was a face known for indulging into emotionally charged acts to attract the attention." Moreover, an unconfirmed report also suggested that he had tried to commit suicide by pouring kerosene earlier too.
He was shunned by his father for not taking care of his wife and three children and indulging in these activities.
A resident of Nangal Jhamalwaran in Dausa district of Rajasthan, Singh was living in Jaipur after his father kicked him out of home. However, he was well connected with the sarpanch of his village and a popular local Congress leader in Dausa. However, his involvement with AAP has to be investigated yet.
Gajendra Singh was well off financially. His father and brothers, along with him, owned 17 bighas of land. He himself owned 8 bighas. The untimely rain had destroyed 24 per cent wheat crop and 20 per cent of gram crop, which was the reason why he did not receive any compensation. As per the government rule, the minimum damage for compensation should be at least 33%.