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Farmers' leader passes away

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Farmers' voice: Sant Lekha Singh

JAIPUR: The hero of the Gharsana farmers' movement, Sant Lekha Singh, died on Wednesday at Gharsana in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan following a heart attack. He was 78.

Sant Lekha Singh, who mobilised the farmers of the Indira Gandhi Canal Area Phase I in 2004-05 for claiming their irrigation rights and water entitlement, was the president of Kisan Mazdoor Vyapari Sangarsh Samiti which spearheaded the historic farmers' agitation in Bikaner, Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh districts.

Ironically, Sant Lekha Singh was advocating the cause of farmers at “Prasashan Gaon Ki Aur”(administration towards villages), a camp organised by the district administration to solve the local issues of citizens, at village 19 G.D. in Gharsana tehsil in the presence of the District Collector and other senior officials when he complained of chest pain and collapsed.

“The day happened to be the anniversary of the first police firing on agitating farmers in Gharsana on October 27, 2004. The comrade had gone to the village to offer tributes to the martyrs of the agitation prior to joining the camp in the afternoon,” said Ravindra Shukla, member of the State Committee of the CPI (M).

Sant Lekha Singh was a member of the CPI (M)'s Sriganganagar district committee. The party flag at Mazdoor Kisan Bhawan on Hatwara Road here was lowered as a tribute to the leader.

The cremation held in village 19 G.D. was attended by thousands of people. Senior CPI (M) leaders of Rajasthan, including State Secretary Vasudev, party MLAs Amra Ram and Pawan Duggal, former MLA Hetram Beniwal, who was part of the Gharsana movement, besides Pradhan of the Gharsana Panchayat Samiti attended the funeral on Thursday. The eldest son of the deceased, Ram Singh, lit the funeral pyre.

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