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Body With Hand Cut Off Tied To Barricade At Farmers’ Protest

Sonipat police cut down the body and took it to the Civil Hospital

Highlights

  • A video has emerged showing a group of Nihangs standing over man
  • They can be heard asking man to tell them his name and native village
  • Another video shows man’s body strung upside down with a rope

New Delhi: The body of a young man – with the left wrist severed and a pool of blood on the ground – was found tied to an overturned police barricade at the farmers’ protest site on the Singhu border this morning.

“At about 5 am today, a body was found hanging with hands, legs chopped at the spot where farmers’ protest is underway. No info on who is responsible… FIR against unknown person,” DSP Hansraj was quoted by news agency ANI.

He also said videos of the murder – which took place in Kundli in Haryana’s Sonipat district – were “a matter of probe” and that rumours “will linger”. No arrests have been made so far.

According to police the young man is 35 (or 36)-year-old Lakhbir Singh from Tam Taran district. He is a labourer and is survived by a sister, a wife and three daughters, the eldest of whom is just 12.

Nihangs – a ‘warrior’ Sikh group – are being blamed for the brutal and sickening murder.

A stomach-churning video has emerged showing a group of Nihangs standing over Lakhbir Singh after his wrist has been cut off and he lies bleeding on the ground, his eyes glazed over in shock and pain.

The Nihangs, some of whom are carrying spears, can be heard demanding he tell them his name. None of the men in the video make any move to help him or attend to the horrific wound.

Another video shows the body strung upside down with a rope – the left hand covered in blood – and a pool of more blood on the floor.

Yet another shows Lakhbir Singh lying on the ground, covered in even more blood as men stand around filming his dying moments on their mobile phones.

Sonipat Police cut down the body and took it to the Civil Hospital

Reports say the Nihangs beat Lakhbir Singh to death for allegedly desecrating the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikhs’ holy book. They then hung the body on the police barricade and cut off the wrist.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a group of farmers unions spearheading the protest, has unequivocally condemned the murder and distanced itself from both Lakhbir Singh and the Nihangs.

“Condemning this brutal murder, the united Kisan Morcha wants to make it clear both sides – Nihang group (and) the deceased – have no relation with the Kisan Morcha. We are against sacrilege of any religious text or symbol… but nobody is allowed to take the law into their own hands,” the group said.

“We demand that after investigating… the guilty should be punished as per law. The united Kisan Morcha will cooperate with the police and administration in any lawful action,” the group also said.

Last year there was another incident involving Nihangs – a Punjab cop had his hand chopped off with a sword in Patiala after he asked them to show them ‘movement passes’ during the Covid lockdown.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Harjeet Singh recovered after extensive surgical procedures and has since been promoted. Three other cops who sustained injuries were awarded medals.

Farmers have gathered at Singhu (on the border with Delhi) for over a year now to protest the centre’s new farm laws; several farmer camps have been set up on the border over the past months.

Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar was due to visit Sonipat this week to attend a public event.

However, after sustained protests from farmers (who have made it clear they will oppose any public appearance by any member of the ruling BJP), Mr Khattar withdrew and sent a replacement.

With input from ANI


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