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Shubhkaran Singh’s Last Rites Performed After FIR Filed, Stirring Political Controversy

Farmer's Death Ignites Political Controversy as Calls for Justice Echo Across Punjab.

The village of Balloh bid a tearful farewell to Shubhakaran Singh as his last rites were performed on Thursday. Shubhkaran Singh, a 21-year-old farmer, tragically lost his life on February 21st at the Khanauri border due to police firing during ongoing protests. His body had been held at Rajindra Hospital, Patiala for eight days as farmers demanded justice in the form of a Section 302 FIR before his final rites could proceed.

The delay in filing the FIR sparked outrage and condemnation from various political factions. Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) accused Punjab’s Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of negligence and mockery in handling Singh’s case. The AAP criticized the government’s response, likening Singh’s death to the sacrifices made by freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh.

In response to mounting pressure, CM Bhagwant Mann announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore for Singh’s family and assured a government job for his younger sister. Punjab’s Inspector General of Police, Sukhchain Singh Gill, confirmed the filing of a zero FIR under section 302 and 114, promising further investigation into the incident.

Farmers hailed the registration of the FIR as a victory for their movement, emphasizing that Singh’s death would not be in vain. They underscored the need for accountability and justice, calling for a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to Singh’s killing.

The tragic loss of Shubhkaran Singh has reignited debates surrounding the rights of farmers and the government’s handling of protests. As Singh’s family mourns their irreplaceable loss, the quest for justice continues amidst growing demands for accountability and transparency in addressing the grievances of farmers across the nation.

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