CHANDIGARH: Ishwar Singh Siwach, one of the hundreds of farmers that have been agitating at Gorakhpur village against a proposed nuclear power plant in the distruct, died on Tuesday, at PGIMS, Rohtak. He was shifted from the Civil Hospital, Fatehabad, to Rohtak last evening in a serious condition, police said. He died this morning, they said.
The 60-year-old farmer was taken ill when he was sitting on the dharna outside the mini-secretariat here on Saturday and his condition deteriorated on Sunday. He was shifted to civil hospital after he complained of pain in his chest and uneasiness. Doctors at Civil Hospital then referred him to the PGIMS, Rohtak.
More than 170 numbers of farmers have submitted their refusal/objection under section 5 of Land Acquisition act 1894 against proposed land acquisition for nuclear power plant at Fatehabad. Farmers have been sitting on dharnas for the past several months to protest acquisition of their land for the proposed nuclear power plant.
In a statement released, CPI (M) expressed deep anguish over the death of yet another peasant activist of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti leading the agitation against the proposed nuclear power
plant at Gorakhpur in Fatehabad district. Party state secretary Inderjit Singh, district secretary Ram Chander Siwach and All India Kisan Sabha state committee member Balwan Singh rushed to the PGI Rohtak on receiving the news of sudden demise of Ishwar Singh Siwach. They joined others in paying their tributes to the departed activist of the agitation. CPI (M) state secretary has also condemned the adamant attitude of the government for its insistence in setting up the plant despite opposition from farmers and other organizations on safety considerations.