Tribune News Service
Karnal, December 18
BKU leaders, spiritual preachers, SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda were among the thousands of devotees who gathered in Karnal on Friday to pay their last respects to Sikh spiritual leader Baba Ram Singh.
The 65-year-old ‘sant’ had committed suicide by shooting himself dead at Singhu border on Wednesday evening.
A handwritten note in Punjabi, purportedly left behind by the deceased, says he was unable to bear the “pain of farmers”.
A large number of BKU leaders, including state president Gurnam Singh Charuni, were present at Nanaksar gurdwara in Singhra village.
Singh’s dairy, written by him after his first visit at Singhu border on December 9, was read by a granthi. The spiritual leader was pained to see the problems of the farmers at the protest site amid the cold wave.
In his diary, Singh accused the government of not giving heed to the protesting farmers.
Long queues of devotees were present at the Gurdwara to pay their last respects to Baba Ram Singh.
The management of gurdwara has made special arrangements for devotees who cannot visit the shrine personally. They can follow the last rites proceedings through live streaming on Nanaksar Singhra Facebook page.
Members of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha said it is a supreme sacrifice by Baba Ram Singh to wake up the Union government and they appealed the farming community and devotees not to take such extreme step as they cannot afford more sacrifices.