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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

Farmer on agitation consumes poison in Haryana’s Dadri, dies

Farmers of Julana and Dadri have been protesting for past seven months to seek more compensation for their land proposed to be acquired for green corridor (national highway 152-D).

chandigarh Updated: Sep 11, 2019 18:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Rohtak
Women from homes of farmers protesting for higher compensation had joined the dharna earlier in June this year.
Women from homes of farmers protesting for higher compensation had joined the dharna earlier in June this year.(HT Photo)

A farmer agitating for increased compensation for his land, being acquired for a 230-km long National Highway connecting Kurukshetra in Haryana to Kotputli in Rajasthan, died after consuming a poisonous substance at the Ram Nagar village protest site in Charkhi Dadri district of Haryana. Another agitating farmer had died of heart attack last month at the same site.

50-year old Dalbir alias Billu, a resident of Datauli village was first rushed to Dadri civil hospital and later referred to the post graduate institute of medical sciences in Rohtak, were he died during treatment.

The farmers of Julana and Dadri have been agitating for the last seven months seeking greater compensation for the proposed green corridor, National Highway 152-D

Last month, 50-year old farmer Ram Avatar of Dhani Phogat also died due to heart attack at the same dharna site. The agitating farmers claim that both deaths were due to the fear of losing their land for cheaply.

Former minister and Congress leader Satpal Sangwan who went to the hospital, blamed Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for the protest-related deaths.

“Khattar was busy in touring the state by carrying Jan Ashirwad Yatra and the farmers are dying due to his poor schemes. Why has Khattar not solved the farmers’ issues for the last 7 months? He has ruined the state,” Sangwan said.

Land acquisition for 152D is complete and the Rs 5,108 crore National Highway is expected to be completed by June 2021.

First Published: Sep 11, 2019 17:45 IST