Farmer dies during stir in Fazilka, enraged protesters block highway - ECAS Punjab

Farmer dies during stir in Fazilka, enraged protesters block highway

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Fazilka, November 15

A farmer died during a dharna at the Mahmu Joiyan toll plaza on the Fazilka-Ferozepur highway on Friday late evening. Farmers claimed Baldev Raj, 60, suffered a heart attack and died. He

had been protesting the farm laws at the toll plaza since October 1.

The enraged farmers placed the body on the Fazilka-Ferozepur highway and started an indefinite protest from 2 pm on Sunday. The blockade caused inconvenience to commuters as the traffic had to be diverted through the villages.

Gurwinder Singh, senior vice-president, BKU (Ugrahan), Fazilka, said Baldev's family members and the farmers had demanded Rs 10 lakh as compensation and the waiver of loan amounting to Rs 8 lakh obtained from three different banks, besides a job to the next of kin. Jalalabad DSP Palwinder Singh said the administration had agreed to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation and a contract-based job to the next of kin of the deceased, but the farmers rejected the offer.

The farmers warned that they would not cremate the body and would continue to block the highway till their demands were not accepted completely. — OC



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