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Sugarcane farmer who had to receive Rs 2.4 million from mill dies a day after his colleagues end protest

Narayan Raya Yadav (in white kurta) receives a blanket from a supporter during a recent protest in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu, December 29

A sugarcane farmer who was in Kathmandu for the past fortnight to participate in an agitation launched by his colleagues has died a day after they agreed to end the protest owing to an agreement with the government.

The 65-year-old Narayan Raya Yadav, a permanent resident of Sarlahi district, died of a heart attack at the Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre on Tuesday morning, according to Mukesh Thakur, another farmer.

“We first took him to the Helping Hands Hospital in Chabahil, which referred him to the Gangalal Hospital,” Thakur says, “But, he died within two hours of reaching there.”

A district leader of the Janata Samajwadi Party Nepal, Kedar Nanda Chaudhary, says Yadav had not agreed on the agreement signed between the protesting farmers and the government.

“He was yet to receive Rs 2.46 million from the Annapurna Sugar Mill. He had claimed he had not received a single penny out of that amount,” Chaudhary informs.

On the other hand, he had owed a bank Rs 1.8 million.

Yadav had been stating that he would not end the protest unless he was paid.

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