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One farmer dead as clashes erupt between protestors and police in Punjab

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One farmer died after being run over by a tractor and at least five police personnel were injured in Punjab’s Sangrur as clashes erupted during a protest on Monday.

The farmer who died was identified as Pritam Singh.

The clashes took place when the police tried to stop protesting farmers from blocking a national highway and a toll plaza, PTI reported.

The farmers were seeking compensation for damaged crops caused by floods.

“The police attacked our vehicles with batons, injured six of our farmers, broke legs of two farmers. They also baton charged the protesting women farmers, and our fellow farmer Pritam Singh was martyred,” Karnail Singh, a farmer leader from the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Azaad), told BBC Punjabi.

The unions that are taking part in the protest are the Kissan Majdoor Sangarsh Committee, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Karantikari), Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta-Azaad, Azaad Kissan Committee (Doaba), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bheramke), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Shaheed Bhagat Singh), Bharatiya Kisan Union (Sir Chotu Ram).

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