Debt-ridden farmer jailed for bounced cheque dies in Haryana’s jail

Bhiwani, Oct 3: A debt-ridden farmer from Bhiwani district in Haryana who was convicted  and sent to jail for failing to repay his farm loan of over Rs 9 lakh died in prison on Monday.

Ranbir Singh was dissented to two years in jail after the cheques he gave for repayment of a tractor loan were not honoured.

Jail authorities rushed the 64-year-old farmer to the hospital after he complained of chest pain, but doctors declared Ranbir Singh dead on arrival.

Angry over Ranbir’s death, his family members along with fellow farmers sat on a protest. The exact cause of death is yet to be ascertained.

Man alleges his brother Ranbir who was in prison for non-payment of loan has died in custody and said, “His loan should be waived off and compensation given to his family.”

Police said, “He was sentenced to 2 yrs in prison. When he fell ill, he was shifted to hospital, where he died.”

Chief Minister Manhoar Lal Khattar  is being criticised by the Opposition and the local Kisan Sabha . Kisan Sabha

 

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