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Protesting farmer dies at Delhi border

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In an unfortunate incident, a 37-year-old farmer protesting against the Centre’s farm laws died on Thursday reportedly due to the harsh cold weather. He was participating in the protest at the Delhi-Haryana border and found dead at the site where protests have been going on for the past three weeks.

The deceased has three children aged 10, 12 and 14, a news channel reported.

The development comes within hours of a Sikh priest allegedly committing suicide at the Delhi-Haryana border. The priest from a Gurdwara in Haryana, Baba Ram Singh, was a strong supporter of the protesting farmers. He reportedly left a note saying he was angry and pained at the government’s injustice.

Over 20 farmer deaths so far

Several protestors have died since the protests began in November-end. The protestors are facing the cold wave that has engulfed northern India and other parts of the country. Farmer unions are claiming that so far over 20 farmers have died since November 26. Many of these deaths happened due to road accidents.

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“We are fighting the cold weather and we will keep fighting the cold, till our demands are met. We will not budge even if it rains,” a farmer said this morning at the main protest site at Singhu border, where protesters sat in the open amid biting winds.

Temperatures have dipped to around five degrees or less in Delhi and its neighbourhood over the past few days. Day temperatures have also dropped more than four degrees below normal.

SC suggests formation of a panel

The Supreme Court has suggested that a panel comprising of representatives from all stakeholders should be created to resolve the farmers’ protest. The top court has also issued notices to the Centre as well as the Delhi, Punjab and Haryana governments directing them to file a response on the issue by Thursday.

The court said there is an urgent need to resolve the issue through negotiations, while remarking that the farmers’ protest will soon become a “national issue”. It said that the Union government’s negotiations do not work and are bound to fail again. The apex court was hearing a batch of petitions concerning the farmers’ protest going on for the past 3 weeks.

 

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