A 40-year-old man from Haryana died due to burns near the farmer’s protest site at the Tikri border. According to complaints launched by the victim’s brother, four men who are part of the ongoing farmers’ protest set Mukesh on fire on Wednesday.
As per the complaint filed by Madan Lal, Mukesh was drinking alcohol with the accused, and suddenly they got into an argument that led to a quarrel between them.
Toni Kumar, sarpanch of the village, was alerted by Madan Lal immediately after the incident.
Toni Kumar, in his statement, stated, “I saw that Mukesh had been completely burnt. We called an ambulance and accompanied him to the Civil Hospital. In the ambulance, he told us that he had been drinking with four other men who told him they were part of the farmers’ movement. He said he was sitting there when they sprinkled either kerosene or diesel on him and set him on fire using a matchstick before fleeing the spot. Passersby doused the flames and alerted Madan.”
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha had appealed Haryana government for fair investigation and had denied the allegations of media and family that the farmer protesters are responsible for the death. They stated the family is trying to defame and slander the ongoing farmer’s movement.
In a video released by SKM leaders, one of them stated, the video was shot at the spot and purportedly showed the victim saying that he had set himself on fire for personal reasons.
Pawan Kumar, DSP (Bahadurgarh), said: “The victim’s family has alleged that four people sprinkled petrol or diesel on him and set him on fire. One accused has been named in the FIR, and another has since been identified. The other two are unnamed.”
“We have arrested the accused, Krishan, who hails from Jind and had been mentioned by name in the FIR. He was participating in the farmers’ protest at the Tikri border,” said Inspector Jaibhagwan, Station House Officer (SHO) of Sector 6, where the FIR was registered based on Lal’sLal’s complaint.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Friday said, “First rape with a woman and now murder…this is not a movement, it is a crime..” Patra tweeted in Hindi.
Manohar Lal khattar, C.M of Haryana, stated that he had spoken to Home minister Amit Shah on rising violence at the farmer’s agitation site.