Rampur (UP), Jan 27: He had returned from Australia to his hometown in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur to celebrate his recent wedding. And there was a gathering indeed at his home at Dibdiba village in Bilaspur on Wednesday. But no celebration.

The 27-year-old farmer got crushed underneath the tractor he was driving after it toppled on the road when he tried to break through a police barricade at central Delhi’s ITO during a farmers’ tractor parade, police have said.

A police officer told PTI on Wednesday that the body had reached Rampur on Tuesday night and post-mortem was conducted.

Navreet had come to his native place from Australia to throw a wedding party after he tied the knot abroad some time back, his family members said.

Persuaded by his uncles, Singh went to the National Capital on Republic Day to participate in the farmers’ protests against the Centre’s agriculture laws and drove a blue tractor at high speed, according to footage circulating on social media.

As the tractor rammed into the yellow police barricade, it flipped and Navreet came under the toppled vehicle leading to his death, the Delhi Police had said Tuesday.

“We came together to participate in the parade but never knew it would happen,” a neighbour said.

Scores of locals reached the bereaved family’s home on Wednesday to pay homage as the body was kept at Dibdiba village for pre-cremation rites. Security has been beefed up in Rampur district with senior police officials getting on ground to review law and order.

Navreet’s family members, who described his as a martyr, said he had gone to Australia for higher education and got married there recently. He came home to celebrate his wedding, they said. – PTI