Singhu border protest: Deaths stalk farmers at Singhu Border | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: On the 42nd day of the farmers’ protest at Singhu border on Monday, the doctors at the medical camps disclosed that more than 60 people have died so far. “We request people to come here immediately if they feel the slightest discomfort,” said a medical volunteer. “Of those who died, some were absolutely fit till hours before their deaths. This is the reason why we encourage everyone to visit us for regular check-ups.”
The volunteer revealed that people report for uneasiness, breathlessness, and tiredness. “With the kind of activities that people engage in throughout the day, many suffer stress,” she said. “Since there is no breakthrough in the talks with the central government, everyone is agitated and these can render even healthy people sick.”
Gaurav Deep Singh of Initiators of Change Organisation reported that 5,000 people come to their camp every day. “Most of them complain of acidity and body ache. But there have been cases of severe health issues and at least 60 protesters have unfortunately lost their lives,” said Gaurav Deep. The weather, accidents, cardiac arrest and suicide have been some causes of deaths.
A farmer died on the morning of December 17 due to cold. The 37-year-old from Bathinda, Punjab, left behind three children aged 10, 12, and 14 years. The report of his death emerged hours after a Sikh priest died by suicide at a village located 2 km from the Singhu border.
There were also several deaths in the early days of the protests. One was of 57-year-old Janak Raj, who had come to the Delhi-Haryana border to repair six tractors of the protestors around the end of November. His efforts to support the cause of the farmers ended in tragedy when he was burnt alive after the car he was sleeping in caught fire.
The situation has worsened for the agitators with Delhi in the grip of a cold wave. The icy winds have been accompanied by rainfall across the city. Despite the extreme weather, families of the deceased farmers continue to send other members and relatives to the protest site. Baldev Singh, a 76-year-old farmer from Punjab, died of cold on December 8. Now, his son Raghuvir Singh has become an active participant at the protest. Another protestor, Pal Singh, a 72-year-old farmer from Patiala, died on November 15 following a cardiac arrest.
“The sudden rains have worsened things for the protestors,” confided Navjot Singh, a medical volunteer. “We have been advising people with pre-existing heart ailments to always sleep inside shelter homes or tractors so that they are warm and protected from the chill.” Navjot added more volunteers and medical staff were always welcome at the border to provide better healthcare to the farmers.

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