Farmer suicide: A political stunt gone wrong?

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New Delhi, April 23: Investigations into the death of farmer Gajendra Singh increasingly shows that it was stunt that went wrong.

Under probe are the statements made by an aunt of Gajendra Singh who had told her to turn on the television in ten minutes and also the alleged calls made by Manish Sisodia to him asking him to take part in the rally.

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Farmer suicide: A stunt gone wrong?

The Home Minister who is monitoring the probe directly has sought a report as early as possible and a team of the police is coordinating with their counterparts in Rajasthan to get more details from the family members and friends who have been making various claims.

Turn the tv on in ten minutes

The police will take the statements of a relative of Gajendra Singh who has claimed that she was told to turn on the television set in ten minutes. He is said to have called from the venue and told his aunt that something big will happen and she should turn on the television set in ten minutes.

However the second part of the conversation that Singh had with his aunt is a clear indicator that he never wanted to commit suicide. He had in the same breath also told her that he would join her for food after the rally is over.

Friends don't believe it was suicide

The Delhi police is also taking the statements of his friends who have clearly said that he had no suicidal tendency. He was politically ambitious and wanted to make a statement. It appears to be a stunt he attempted to gain some publicity, but it went horribly wrong, they have told the police.

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The police suspect that the intent could have been to climb the tree and make a statement knowing fully well the cameras would roll on him. He was supposed to be saved, but before anyone could react the stunt had gone wrong and he ended up losing his life, the police suspect.

Was the drama staged

Gajendra Singh was specifically called for the event. His family members have alleged that it was Manish Sisodia who called him for the event specifically. He had also boasted to his friends about the calls made to him by the AAP leader.

The police are trying to find out if any of the AAP leaders had planned this event along with him. It could have been planned in a manner where Gajendra Singh attempts a suicide, but would be saved. However it could have all gone wrong, the police also said.

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We have booked a case of abetment against unknown persons and once the clarity emerges, we will come out with the names as well, police officials said.  The district authorities of Dausa have clearly told us that Gajendra Singh was quite alright with his finances when compared to the rest.

Moreover his crop damage was not even 33 per cent and hence he was not entitled to compensation, the authorities have also said.

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