In India, protesters set a fellow demonstrator on fire over a dispute over farming laws.
According to local India news reports, a demonstration in India criticizing farming restrictions took a sad turn late Wednesday night when a protester was set on fire and died.
Mukesh, 42, was identified as the demonstrator, who, according to his brother, went to the rally around 5 p.m. local time. He allegedly told his brother that some people had gotten him drunk.
According to OpIndia, people in Kasar said that setting fire to Mukesh was part of a plot to make him a “martyr” against farm restrictions.
After a disagreement, Farm Law Protesters in Tikri burned a villager who had drank with them on fire.
He perishes as a result of his burns. Mukesh from Kasar Village was killed. #FarmerProtest #BreakingNews
June 17, 2021 — Amish Devgan (@AMISHDEVGAN)
A video on social media, according to a local newspaper, shows several demonstrators hurling casteist abuses against Mukesh before dousing him in gasoline and setting him on fire.
The event is being investigated by the Haryana police, and at least one suspect has been identified. According to a local story, Mukesh told his brother that a man named Krishna (dressed in white) forced him consume alcohol and then set him on fire shortly after he was transported to the hospital.
His brother had been to a farmers’ protest where he was set ablaze and had named certain people, according to the statement. A postmortem has been carried out. On the basis of the facts, a further investigation will be conducted. It has been told to us that the accused are from Jind: Police officer Jaibhagwan pic.twitter.com/9aBCoVbTAK
— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2021
OpIndia reported that protesters have been illegally squatting by the public roads and grounds along the Tikri border since November to protest against farm reforms.
This is not the first demonstration to result in tragedy. In January, a demonstration turned violent after protesters broke through police barricades and stormed Delhi’s historic Red Fort complex. The report stated that one protester died and at least 500 police officers were injured.
“These farmers should be moved away so that our mothers and daughters are safe,” said Sarpanch Toni Kumar, according to OpIndia. “They come in group[s]of four to urinate even though there is. This is a brief summary.