Farmer burnt to death at ‘farmers’ protest site

A farmer from Haryana’s Jind who was attending the Farmer’s protest at the Tikri border is alleged to have been burnt to death. The victim who has been identified as Mukesh belongs to Kasar village located near Bahadurgarh bypass.

As per reports, Mukesh was made to consume alcohol before the accused poured petrol on him and set him afire. The victim was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition. The accused is said to be a resident of Jind. The police have registered a case on the basis of information provided by Mukesh’s brother.

Mukesh’s brother Jagdish said that the victim had left their house at around 5 in the evening on Wednesday for a stroll and reached the farmer protest site. He further said that he learned that the protestors set his brother afire as they wanted to kill him. Jagdish then reached the spot along with ex-sarpanch Toni Kumar and found his brother in critical condition.

Mukesh was taken to civil hospital and during the course of the treatment, he is said to have informed his brother that one Krishna forced the victim to consume alcohol before setting him ablaze. In view of his condition, doctors at the civil hospital asked him to be taken to Brahmashakti Sanjeevani Hospital where Mukesh breathed his last during treatment.

Ex-sarpanch Toni Kumar put up a social media post in which he has alleged that Krishna and his accomplices set Mukesh ablaze saying that someone from the Brahmin community had to sacrifice their life as none from the community had participated in the ongoing protests. Furthermore, the accused supposedly warned the present sarpanch that if Brahmins failed to take part more such incidents would follow. Kumar has appealed to the concerned authorities to initiate strict action in view of the casteist turn the protests are taking.

In the meanwhile, villagers refused to take the body of Mukesh and were reportedly protesting outside the hospital. When MLA Naresh reached the site along with the DSP, villagers demanded that protestors be removed from their village limits stating that the protestors posed a threat to the safety of the women and children of the village.

Subsequently, the District Collector (DC) and Superintendent of Police (SP) promised to clear the bypass of protestors within 7 days. Following their assurances, the villagers ended their protest. Initially, an attempt to murder case was registered by the police who subsequently booked the accused under IPC Section 302 (murder). The accused are on the run and further investigations are ongoing.

The case is a stark reminder of the Gajendra Singh murder case in which Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is said to have been involved. The businessman farmer was said to have been murdered for political gains. Is a similar game at play here? Is there a political angle? Are there attempts being made to bring in casteist tensions in the run-up to the upcoming UP Assembly polls?

(Featured Image source: Dainik Jagran)


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