27-Year-Old Australia Return Dead, 83 Police Personnel Injured as Farmers’ Protests Turn Violent
The farmers’ protest turned violent on Tuesday as protesters engaged in clashes with the police, which used tear gas and lathi charge to control them. Violence left one protester dead and 83 police personnel injured. The Union Home Ministry suspended mobile Internet services in the national capital and deployed paramilitary forces.
The one who died in the protest has been identified as 27-year-old Navreet Singh, who had recently returned from Australia after completing his studies. According to a report published by The Indian Express, the family of Navreet had no idea that he had joined the protest against farm laws.
The police officials said that Navreet had joined the agitation three days ago. He belongs to Dibdiba village of Bilaspur district in Rampur. Several farmers had come to the national capital from Bilaspur for the tractor parade on the Republic Day. The tractor that Navreet was driving overturned at ITO in Central Delhi.
“Some farmers were driving rashly in an attempt to hit us. We saw the tractor hitting the barricades. Our personnel went to rescue him, but a group of agitated farmers stopped them… It is suspected he died because of the accident,” a senior Delhi Police officer said as quoted by The Indian Express.
However, a farmer from Bilaspur Manidev Chaturvedi alleged that police killed Navreet saying: “The police fired a tear gas at Navreet. One of the shells hit him on the head and he lost control of the steering wheel. The police didn’t even help him.”
A police officer from Rampur said, “The family told us they didn’t know Navreet was in Delhi and protesting with farmers. They said Navreet had left home to meet a relative at Bajpur (in Udham Singh Nagar district, Uttarakhand).”
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