Death of a farmer protesting against the acquisition of new land in Chhattisgarh | Latest India News

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RAPUR: A 68-year-old farmer, who was part of a protest by people affected by land acquisition for Chhattisgarh’s new capital, died near the site of the unrest on Friday, officials said.

Officials said the exact cause of death of the farmer, who has been identified as Siyaram Patel, has not yet been determined and an investigation is ongoing.

“The village counters were ready to accept applications from farmers…The counters were operational from 11am on Friday and during this process Patel fainted and fell. Patel was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead,” collector Raipur Saurabh Kumar said in a statement. The body was sent for autopsy.

“Patel’s son, Heeralal Patel, said he has high blood pressure and is on medication,” the official said.

Farmers from 27 villages in Nava Raipur Atal Nagar, Raipur district have been campaigning under the banner of Nayi Rajdhani Priyojna Prabhavit Kisan Kalyan Samiti (NRPPKKS) since January for better rehabilitation and compensation.

On Friday, the farmers had staged a march to the secretariat building to submit claims related to their claim where Patel fainted and died.

The protesting farmers demanded from the administration adequate compensation for the relatives of the deceased.

“Patel had been actively participating in the protest for two months. It’s a pity that he passed away. We pray that his soul rests in peace. We are all farmers with his family at this difficult time,” NRPPKKS spokesperson Girdhar Patel said in a statement.

The government had previously set up a cabinet subcommittee to consider the protesters’ request. That panel accepted six of eight applications last month, a government official said.

Girdhar said the government has yet to respond to the requests.

Chhattisgarh BJP Chairman Vishnudeo Sai held Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel responsible for the farmer’s death.

“Baghel came to power playing cheap politics on behalf of farmers and now forcing farmers in the state to commit suicide during his tenure… It is shameful that Baghel was not able to settle the problem of farmers in the state capital,” Sai added.

(With entries from PTI)

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