Less than 24 hours after 60-year-old Gurjant Singh, a farmer from Punjab’s Mansa district died at Tikri border, another farmer, identified as Lakhvir Singh, who hailed from Bathinda and was at the same border, died on Thursday of a suspected heart attack. He was part of the BKU (Ugrahan) protest group.
Lakhvir was a part of morchas against farm acts since June when the union had started protests in a limited manner and later used to regularly go on protest since September 15. He had come to Delhi on November 28. “He was on langar Sewa duty at Tikri border since November 28 After all the day’s work, preparing langar for thousands, he used to sleep under the trolley by spreading paddy stubble, beddings, etc. On December 2 night, at around 12.30 am, he started feeling restless and came out of the trolley. Later, he was taken to the PGI Rohtak but he died on his way to the hospital,” said Harjinder Singh Buggi, member BKU Ugrahan.
“The symptoms indicate a heart attack, but only a postmortem can confirm the cause of death. The body is right now at the mortuary in Rohtak, once the statements are taken and permission of family obtained, the postmortem will be conducted,” Jhajjar Superintendent of Police, Rajesh Duggal told The Indian Express
Lakhvir’s son Jagjit Singh said that he had told the family he will be back only after the Centre meets all their demands. “We are against the farmbills but losing my father is extremely painful. I am not aware of any farm debts on our family as my father used to take care of everything. I am completely blank… don’t know how to do everything all alone,” he cried bitterly. Lakhvir’s wife wife Ranjit Kaur too was part of morchas in Punjab.
Satnam Singh, Lakhvir’s neighbour said, “I started back for Bathinda on December 2 morning as I had some work, I wanted to go back after 2-3 days again if morcha continues. I also asked him to come back with us but he said that he will come back, once all demands are fulfilled.” His body is now lying in civil hospital of Bahadurgarh.
Meanwhile, BKU(Ugrahan) Vice-President Shingara Singh Maan demanded compensation for the kin. “His body is in the mortuary and will be cremated when Rs 10 lakh compensation, job to a family member, and the loan is waived off.”
He was the sixth person associated with the farmers’ protest to have died in the last few days. On November 27, Dhanna Singh (45) died on the way to Delhi in a road accident near Bhiwani. Earlier this week, Janak Raj (55), a tractor repair helper, died while sleeping in a car at Tikri border. In the following days, Gajjan Singh (55) and Gurjant Singh (60) passed away after falling sick at the Tikri border.
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