Priyanka Gandhi visits deceased farmer Navreet’s family in Rampur, who died while his tractor overturned after ramming police barricades at ITO

4th February, 2020

Always conscious over the daily socio political developments, burning problems of the masses,attending to them and active in social media especially twitter, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi today met the bereaved family members of Navreet Singh, a protesting farmer, who died on 26th January Republic day during the farmers tractor rally when his tractor overturned after it rammed into the police barricades at ITO, one of the main spots of police farmers’ confrontation as was the Red fort precinct on the same day when a Sikh flag was unfurled creating quite a sensation in the socio political circles of the country with farmer leaders and unions denying their any association with these trouble mongers allegedly terming them as infiltrators in the farmers movement to defame them n the movement.

The general secretary In-charge of Uttar Pradesh Congress affairs Priyanka Gandhi today went to the residence of deceased farmer at Rampur, Uttar Pradesh to participate in the ” Antim Ardas” spiritual Kirtan organised by his bereaved family to pay homage to late Navneet Singh.

While on her way to Rampur in Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi’s cavalcade of cars hit each other due to poor visibility.

When nothing was visible due to the fog in the morning Priyanka got out of the car and herself cleaned the windshield with tissue papers/ a piece of cloth and gave it to her driver to do it on his side.

The cavalcade had to stop for sometime on the way when two cars in her cavalcade hit each other. There were slogans shouting in between her journey in support of her.

The Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said that calling farmers as terrorists and viewing farmers protests as political conspiracy against the three farm laws is the biggest crime that deserves to be condemned at all costs.

In her tweets she wrote in Hindi : Today I met the the family members of martyred Navreet Singh and attended the “Antim Ardas” final prayers.

The family had demanded an independent and impartial judicial probe. The BJP government is committing atrocities on the farmers including defaming and suppressing their movement tweeted Priyanka Gandhi.

She further added that despite the oppression, the farmers will not back out. The Uttar Pradesh Congress’s each and every worker is standing with them she assured the struggling farmers.

Guru Govind Singh had said that committing oppression is a sin but to silently tolerate this oppression is the biggest sin tweeted Priyanka Gandhi.

She also quoted Guru Govind Singhji’s saying (Guruvani in Punjabi dialect) : Soora so Pehchaaniye, Jo lare deen ke het, Purja Purja Kat mare, kabahu na chade khet.

It may be recalled that Navreet Singh, had gone from Diddiba village of Bilaspur in Rampur district, Uttar Pradesh to Delhi to participate in a tractor rally expressing his solidarity to the farmers’ noble cause. He met the sad end when his tractor in high speed rammed into the police barricades and fiercely overturned killing him on the spot.

There were rumours about he being shot at but the post mortem revealed it as absolutely wrong information.

He instantaneously died of injuries when his tractor overturned at ITO on 26th January Republic Day.

Large number of people of village Dibdiba in Bilaspur and the surrounding areas had participated in the final prayers to bid adieu to this farmer.

Navreet was merely forty year old. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi garlended martyr farmer’s photo and stayed with the bereaved family for quite sometime assuring her all possible support to the bereaved family.

pic: The Hindu


Sunil Negi

Sunil Negi is a senior journalist and president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum ( Regd). He usually writes on socio political subjects and have been contributing articles in print media for the last several years. Mr. Sunil Negi had been felicitated by All India Achievers conference's Pride of India and excellence awards apart from several other recognitions. He has translated a book on ecological disaster of Uttarakhand of June 2013 and edited and published two editions of Uttaranchal's Who's Who.

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