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Baghpat Farmer on Dharna Dies; Congress Launches Attack on Govt

Udaiveer Singh was protesting under the banner: 'Kisan Sangharsh Morcha'. The dharna was being held in the Baraut sub-division of this district since May 21.

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Updated:May 27, 2018, 11:56 PM IST
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Baghpat Farmer on Dharna Dies; Congress Launches Attack on Govt
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Baghpat (UP): A farmer sitting on 'dharna' demanding payment of dues by sugar mills and against the hike in rural power tariffs died in the Baraut town of this district, officials said on Sunday.

Udaiveer Singh was protesting under the banner: 'Kisan Sangharsh Morcha'. The dharna was being held in the Baraut sub-division of this district since May 21.

Singh, 60, died on Saturday following which the district administration announced a compensation of Rs 12 lakh to his family, officials said.

The farmer's death took a political colour with leaders belonging to the SP, RLD and Congress rushing to the dharna site to pay tributes.

Agitated over the death, farmers intensified their protest following which the district administration advised the victim's family to write to the chief minister seeking raising of the compensation amount to Rs 50 lakh, according to officials.

The dharna over the demands of payment by sugar mills and against the hike in power tariffs was still on, officials said.

The Congress hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the incident saying that while he today spoke of development at Baghpat in western Uttar Pradesh, a farmer died protesting against the non-payment of sugarcane dues, not far from his rally.

"The effort was to portray its (NDA government's) failures as its achievements...a farmer, not far away, died protesting against the non-payment of cane dues. The prime minister did not utter a word. He could have taken time out to visit his house," All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said.

Claiming that the prime minister had earlier promised that all cane dues would be cleared within 14 days, Gohil said, "Currently, dues of over Rs 12,000 crore are pending."

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| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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