The family of the farmer 60-year-old Surjit Singh, a resident of Dadumajra village, claimed that his debt was mounting and he was unable to pay back the loan from bank and others.

Surjit Singh had taken a loan of Rs 10 lakh from bank and other persons but could not repay, the family claimed. He also could not get good yield from his crop due to unseasonal rains in March and April this year. The farmer had cultivated his land taken on lease.
Singh had met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during his Sirhind grain market visit in April this year. After his recent Punjab visit, the Congress vice president had raised the issue of farmers in Lok Sabha.

According to state Congress leaders, Surjit Singh had briefed Rahul Gandhi about the problems faced by Punjab farmers that included problems in selling their paddy and farmers committing suicide.

When contacted, Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Gurmeet Singh Randhawa said the police registered a case under Section 174 (suspicious death) of CrPC in farmer’s suicide case.

Randhawa said that the family of the farmer had told the police that he was under 'depression'.

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