Farmer on dharna against acquisition of land dies

Ishwar Singh Siwach, who was on dharna along with other villagers protesting against a proposed nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur in Fatehabad district of Haryana, died on Tuesday at PGIMS, Rohtak.

The 60-year-old farmer was taken ill while sitting on dharna outside the mini-secretariat in Fatehabad on Saturday and his condition deteriorated on Sunday.

He was shifted to Civil Hospital after he complained of chest pain and uneasiness. Doctors at the hospital then referred him to PGIMS, Rohtak.

Over 170 farmers have submitted their refusal/objection against proposed land acquisition for the nuclear power plant. Farmers have been sitting on dharna for the past several months to protest against acquisition of their land. .

In a statement, the CPI (M) expressed deep anguish over the death of yet another peasant activist of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti. Party State secretary Inderjit Singh, district secretary Ram Chander Siwach and All India Kisan Sabha State Committee member Balwan Singh rushed to Rohtak on receiving the news of the demise of Mr. Siwach.

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