A 42-year-old man died of burn injuries after four men allegedly sprinkled some inflammable material over him and set him afire, the police said on June 17. The man has been identified as Mukesh, a resident of Kasra village in Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district.
The incident took place on June 16 night near the farm protest site at the Tikri border with Delhi.
According to the complaint lodged by Mukesh’s brother with the police, four men, who are part of the ongoing farmers’ agitation at the Tikri border, allegedly set Mukesh on fire , the police said.
“We have arrested one of 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 on the basis of Lal’s complaint.
“Investigations have revealed that the victim and the accused were drinking liquor together on Wednesday evening, when they got into an argument that escalated into a fight. It was during the fight that the accused set fire to the victim. Efforts are on to arrest the other people involved in the crime. Further investigations are being conducted,” he said.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, however, denied that farm protesters were responsible for the incident and said Mukesh’s death was a case of suicide.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha also accused the Haryana government of defaming the ongoing farmers.
“As part of the continuous efforts to defame and slander the ongoing farmers’ movement, an unfortunate case of suicide by a local villager is being used by the BJP/JJP government, its political agents and their troll army to somehow implicate the farmers’ movement,” morcha said in a statement.