Farmer’s suicide case: Delhi government sets a deadline for cops to join the probe

| Friday, April 24, 2015 - 09:26
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Farmer’s suicide case: Delhi government sets a deadline for cops to join the probe

NEW DELHI: An ugly turf war has erupted between the Delhi Police and the government after the tragic death of 40-year-old farmer, Gajendra Singh from Rajasthan, who committed suicide in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally in the national capital on Wednesday. (Also Read: Gajendra Singh: All you need to know about the man who committed suicide at AAP rally; he was not just a ‘farmer’)

District Magistrate has set a deadline for the police to join the probe ordered by the Delhi government by 11 am.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Police must join the probe, claiming that police is not co-operating with the probe ordered by the government.” 

Earlier on Thursday, Delhi Police refused to join the magisterial probe, saying the designated officer did not have jurisdiction in the matter and accused the AAP and its leaders of doing nothing to save farmer’s life from committing suicide at the rally.

According to the FIR filed by the police, AAP workers obstructed them at every step and their efforts to save farmer’s life. AAP leaders did not pay heed to requests made by police to allow emergency vehicles and the fire brigade to move in.

Police Inspector SS Yadav, who was on duty at the rally and filed the FIR, alleged, “He saw some people clapping looking up towards the tree where the farmer was wielding a broom.”

Earlier, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi told reporters, “We have written a letter to District Magistrate, saying that he has no jurisdiction.”

On Thursday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha that the investigation into the case had been handed over to the Crime Branch and Delhi Police, asking for time-bound inquiry.

Meanwhile, the AAP government on Thursday announced a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the Gajendra Singh’s family and its leader Sanjay Singh will be leading to the deceased farmer’s village at Dausa in Rajasthan and meeting his family on Friday.

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