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En route to Tikri for farm protest anniversary, 50-year-old farmer killed in accident

A 50-year-old farmer died whereas an 80-year-old farmer was severely injured after a rushing truck allegedly hit a trolley, which was a part of a convoy headed to the Tikri border protest web site to take part within the first anniversary of the farmers’ protests, on Wednesday night time in Gohana, mentioned police. The truck driver was arrested earlier than he was launched on bail, mentioned police.

Police mentioned farmers blocked the freeway for greater than two hours after the incident.

In response to police, the incident came about at Mahra Chowk on the Gohana-Rohtak freeway when a number of trolleys from Punjab that had been going to the Tikri border had stopped close to a dhaba for a breather.

Police mentioned the deceased has been recognized as Baljit Singh, from Dhillwan village in Barnala, Punjab and was affiliated with the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), Sidhupur. The injured, Balwant Singh, from Dhillwan village, Barnala, is related to BKU Dakaunda. He was rushed to PGIMER Rohtak, the place his situation is claimed to be secure.

A police officer, requesting anonymity, mentioned, “Because the farmer was alighting from the trolley, an overspeeding truck rammed into him and the trolley and dragged them for a number of metres. The sufferer was crushed below the truck and died on the spot whereas one other farmer, who was seated within the trolley, sustained a number of accidents.”

Nikita Khattar, assistant superintendent of police (ASP), Gohana, mentioned an FIR was registered. “The farmers had blocked the freeway after the incident as they’d some points associated to not being offered first help on the nearest hospital, which was later resolved after session,” she mentioned.

Bhupinder Singh, 31, an eyewitness, who was travelling with the convoy, mentioned that they left with greater than 60 trolleys on November 24 morning from Barnala in Punjab for Tikri border to rejoice the primary anniversary of farmers’ protests. “We had dinner at 7 pm and at 8.45 pm, we stopped at a dhaba close to Mahra chowk for tea. Whereas a few of us went inside, Baljit and Balwant had been standing subsequent to a trolley close to a non-motorable highway when the truck rammed into them,” mentioned Singh.

He added that each had been rushed to a non-public hospital for therapy. “Initially, the hospital employees didn’t attend to us and didn’t present first help, so we staged a protest and blocked the freeway. Balwant was later referred to PGI Rohtak. He was discharged after therapy and is secure,” mentioned Bhupinder Singh.

Bhupinder Singh mentioned that Baljit Singh was related to the BKU Sidhupur for greater than ten years. “He used to come back to Tikri a number of instances and owned 3-4 acres of land. Because the announcement to repeal farm legal guidelines was made final week, he was very upbeat and had been trying ahead to celebrating the anniversary on the borders,” he mentioned.

An FIR was registered at Barauda police station below IPC sections 279, 337 and 304-A on Thursday early morning, mentioned police. Police mentioned the sufferer’s physique was handed over to his household after the autopsy.

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