The death of a farmers who was among the protesting farmers who were lathicharged by by police in Karnal, Haryana has caused quite a furore.
After being attacked by the angry policemen on August 28, he had a heart attack the same night and passed away- Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni said on Sunday.
The police, however, denied that he died due to injuries suffered during a protest against Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in the state, reported ANI.
Chaduni tweeted that the farmer, Sushil Kajal, who owned one-and-a-half acres of land, had been participating in the agitation against the farm laws for the past nine months. Yesterday, he was badly injured in the lathicharge of police at karnal toll plaza. He died of heart failure in the night.
“The farming community will always remember his sacrifice,” he added.
भाई सुशील काजल जो डेढ़ एकड़ के किसान थे 9 महीने से आंदोलन में अपनी हिस्सेदारी दे रहे थे कल करनाल टोल प्लाजा पर जो पुलिस ने लाठियां चलाई उनको बहुत चोट आई थी और रात को हार्ट फेल के कारण शरीर त्याग कर भगवान को प्यारे हो गए हो गए किसान कौम इनके बलिदान की सदा आभारी रहेगी
शत शत नमन 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/wKe1SIFr4O
— Gurnam Singh Charuni (@GurnamsinghBku) August 29, 2021
The farmer belonged to the Raipur Jatan village in karnal district. His name was Sushil Kajal and was 50 year old.
On Saturday, at least 10 farmers were injured after the state police baton-charged them at the Bastara toll plaza near Karnal as they were trying to reach the venue of a Bharatiya Janata Party meeting, attended by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to discuss the upcoming panchayat elections. The farmers had blocked several stretches on the national highway, resulting in traffic jams.
Farmer leaders had claimed that several protestors suffered serious injuries, but the police dismissed it saying that “only mild force was used”.
Karnal Superintendent of Police Ganga Ram Punia said reports linking Kajal’s death to the baton-charge were not correct.
Karnal Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ayush Sinha was also caught on camera instructing police officers to hit farmers on their heads if they tried to breach a certain barricade during their protest. Several political leaders had criticised the Indian Administrative Service officer’s comments.
Farmers gave tributes to the sacrifice of Sushil Kajal at Dhasa Border. A two minute silence was observed and all the scheduled programs were canceled in the wake of the death of a fellow farmer.
Farmers are saying that police barbaric attack is behind the death of Sushil Kajal. They added that they will continue this movement till their last breath.
BKU Leader Rakesh Tikait called the SDM of Karnal as ‘Sarkari Talibani‘. He said that in a meeting yesterday that it was the officer who ordered police to hit the farmers on their head. They called us Khalistani. If you call us Khalistani and Pakistani,then we will also say that ‘Government’s Talibani’ has captured this country. These people are ‘Sarkari Talibani’