Wednesday, April 24, 2024

24-year-old farmer killed in Haryana police violence at Khanauri border

A 24-year-old protester died from a head injury after Haryana Police dropped tear gas shells on protesting farmers at the Khanauri border. Shubh Karan Singh was taken to the hospital where he died; the hospital sources confirmed.

The police killing took place in a major escalation of the protest, which has been ongoing since February 13, with Punjab farmers announcing a march to Delhi. However, it was stopped, and the protesters were not allowed to enter Haryana from Punjab.

Singh was taken to the Government Medical College and Rajendra Hospital in Punjab’s Patiala city, The Quint reported. “He was already dead when he was brought to the hospital at around 3 pm,” Harnam Singh, medical superintendent at the hospital said. “He suffered bullet injuries in his head.”

Gurwinder Singh Baloh, the vice-president of a farmers’ union named Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Malwa), also confirmed the death and alleged that Shubhkaran Singh died in police firing.

Before the confirmation from the hospital about the death of a protester, the Haryana Police on Wednesday afternoon said no farmer has died yet in the clash on the Shambhu border. “This is just a rumour. Two policemen and one protester received injuries on the Data Singh-Khanauri border and are under treatment,” the Haryana Police posted on X.

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