Rahul meets family of deceased farmer

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Chandigarh: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi On Thursday met the family of a farmer who committed suicide due to debt in a Punjab village last week after his crops were destroyed due to the untimely rains.

He stayed with the family for nearly 15 minutes at Dadunajra village near Chunni Kalan in Fategarh Sahib.

The farmer named Surjit Singh had met Rahul Gandhi on April 28 after his crops were destroyed. He committed suicide on June 10 by consuming poison.

The son of the farmer Kulwinder Singh said, “Rahul-ji came here specially to attend the ‘bhog’ of my father. He promised to raise the plight of farmers in the country.”

Official sources said after meeting the farmer, Gandhi reached Kasauli, some 60 km from here, to meet his aunt Shobha Nehru, who was married to Jawaharlal Nehru’s cousin B.K. Nehru.

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