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Farmers’ protest: Death toll at Delhi border crosses 500

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With the ongoing farmers’ agitation in and around the national capital in its 192nd day, more than 500 farmers linked to the protests have passed away.

According to a blog, Human Cost of Farmers Protest, the toll at the farmers’ protest stands at 502 on Sunday.

This data has been collected from November 26, 2020, to 6 June this year.

“This blog is created with the sole purpose of recording the deaths of all the farmers or supporters of Famers’ Protest 2020-2021 happening currently at the borders of Delhi, India. This is to remind everyone of the human cost of the protest lest one forgets what this fight is against. This is also to commemorate the participation of these martyrs towards a cause that is bigger than just farmers’ rights and is emerging as a movement for the rights of the entire humanity,” read a note published in the blog.

The blog consists all the details of deceased farmers.

Most of the deaths happened due to heart attack, illness due to cold weather conditions and accidents.

The majority of them were sitting at Delhi borders while some others died in accidents while going to or coming back from the protest sites.

The historic protest also witnessed a huge amount of farmer suicides.

According to the data, farmers of every age group — from 18 years to 85 years — have died.

Ever since the saffron party led government passed three farm laws, farmer unions, mainly from grain bowl states of Punjab and Haryana, have erupted in anger.

Since November 26, tens of thousands of farmers have camped at three different locations around the capital, demanding the government withdraw the laws protesters say put them at the mercy of private companies and destroy their livelihoods.

The new laws would create monopolies in the grain markets and trap farmers into contract farming arrangements with corporate buyers.

Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate. 

Termed as the largest protest in the history of mankind with the number of participants, farmers are not ready to stop protesting under any circumstances until the laws are cancelled.

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