Farmers' Protest: 62 year old farmer becomes 6th casualty of Punjab border protest

Karnail Singh, a 62-year-old farmer from Arno village in Patiala district who was protesting at the Punjab-Haryana border in Khanauri, passed away on Monday night due to a lung infection.

Shantanu Poswal
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The ongoing farmers' protest claimed another life this week as 62-year-old Karnail Singh passed away on Monday night. The farmer from Arno village in Patiala was participating in demonstrations at the Punjab-Haryana border. 

Singh, who suffered from a lung infection, breathed his last at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala. He had complained of chest pains earlier that morning and was rushed from the protest site to a community health center before being referred to Patiala as his condition deteriorated.

Doctors declared Singh dead on arrival. A post-mortem examination will be conducted to confirm the exact cause of death.

Singh is the sixth casualty since farmers began protesting against new agriculture laws in late November. Last week, 21-year-old Shubh Karan Singh from Bathinda died of injuries sustained during clashes with Haryana police. 

Additionally, three elderly protesters - Darshan Singh, Manjeet Singh and Gian Singh - died of heart attacks at protest sites. Another farmer, Gurjant Singh from Ferozepur, was killed in a road accident while participating in the stir.

The tragic loss of life has fueled demands for the government to urgently resolve farmers' concerns. Despite harsh winter conditions, protesters remain camped at Delhi's borders, insisting they will continue their demonstration until their demands are met.

As the standoff stretches past the two month mark, organizers are under pressure to prevent further casualties. But protesters say they are willing to sacrifice their lives to defend the rights of the farming community.