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Punjab CM announces Rs 1 crore compensation, govt job to family of dead farmer Shubhkaran Singh

In a bid to alleviate the financial burden on the grieving family, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann declared a compensation amount of Rs 1 crore. This substantial aid aimed to provide some measure of relief and support during their time of loss.

Nitin Kumar Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 Chandigarh Updated on: February 23, 2024 11:38 IST
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann farmers
Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann and protesing farmers.

Punjab Chief Minister, in a compassionate gesture, has announced significant financial aid and employment support for the family of the late farmer Shubhkaran Singh, who tragically lost his life at the Khanauri border point.

"Whichever police personnel is responsible for Shubhkaran's death, action will be taken against him. Shubhkaran was not here for publicity, he came to ask for the rightful price for his agricultural produce. The Punjab govt stands with the farmers" Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann said.

"They are trying to threaten us of President's rule. I am not scared of these threats, I would not let any more Shubhkarans die... My post doesn't matter to me so stop threatening. Think of Manipur and Nuh before threatening us... Haryana Police is more responsible for the deteriorating law and order. We are not causing them any trouble... I would again urge the central government to keep their ego aside and focus on the demands of the farmers..." he added.

Tragic incident at Khanauri border

Shubhkaran Singh, aged 21 and a resident of Bathinda, met with a fatal end during clashes at the Khanauri border point on the Punjab-Haryana border. The confrontation occurred as some protesting farmers attempted to breach barricades.

Demands of farmer leaders

Farmer leaders had been advocating for compensation, employment opportunities for Singh's family members, and the identification of those responsible for his demise. They also sought official recognition of Singh as a "martyr."

Delayed post-mortem amidst protests

The post-mortem of Singh's body, housed in a mortuary at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala, faced delays as farmers insisted on their demands being met.

Government's assurance of justice

Expressing grief over Singh's death, Chief Minister Mann assured stringent action against those accountable. He pledged to register a case following the post-mortem examination.

Ongoing farmer protests

Farmers continue their agitation at Khanauri and Shambhu, demanding legal assurances for minimum support prices (MSP) and the waiver of farm debts, among other grievances.

Calls for action and resolution

The ongoing standoff underscored the persistent demands of farmers for systemic reforms and justice for past grievances, including the 2021 Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

Also read | Tractor march on February 26, kisan rally at Ramlila Maidan on March 14 as farmers protest set to intensify

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