A supporter of Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) tries to rescue a farmer who hung himself from a tree...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY
A farmer is seen hanging from a tree during a rally organized by Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) in New Delhi April 22, 2015.
Adnan Abidi: “I had seen this man, along with others, climbing the tree a few hours earlier when I arrived. He sat on a branch lower down. It’s normal in India; people often sit in trees to see what’s going on in events like these.
I was standing in the media enclosure listening to the speeches by the leaders when suddenly I heard people shouting and yelling. They weren’t sure what the man in the tree was doing.
Quickly I got to higher ground around 50 meters from where I was standing and saw people were looking towards a tree. I saw a human figure through the leaves.
As soon as I realised what I was seeing it was really shocking. This was the man I had seen climbing the tree only a few hours before.
When I saw him hanging I really wanted to climb the tree to help him. I grew up in a village and I know how to climb trees. But I couldn’t, firstly because I have an injured left hand, secondly because I soon realised there was only one thing I could do: show what was happening. I decided to do my job. It was a very quick decision for me to make.
I reached and pointed my camera using a telephoto lens. When I started shooting photos few protestors began pushing me, asking me leave my camera and save the man. So I had to change my position otherwise I wouldn’t have shot any photos. They were getting very angry with me.
The main challenge was dealing with the crowd and making my way to find a perfect spot to get a clear picture.
To see someone hanging there, with no movement in his body, that was such a shock to me.”