According to a blog maintained by the SKM, 617 farmers have lost their lives due to various reasons between November 24, 2020, and October 2, 2021.
Despite the Punjab government's confirmation of more than 200 deaths, the central government, on July 21, 2021, stated that it had no record of farmers who died during the eight-month-long protest, the Scroll reported.
According to the Human Cost of Farmers Protest 2020 blog, maintained by Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), between November 24, 2020, and October 2, 2021, 617 farmers have lost their lives. According to the statistics, 160 individuals died of a heart attack, 13 were killed due to COVID-19, 54 died because of road accidents, and the remaining died between December and February because of illnesses induced by cold weather. The blog also has links to the news reports on these incidents to verify their authenticity.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha coalition of over forty Indian farmers' unions protesting against the three farm acts that allow private firms to enter the country's agricultural markets. The protesting farmers are mainly from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh.
Considering the numbers published by the SKM are legitimate as news reports back them, the claim over 600 Indian farmers have lost their lives during the protests against the farm bills is true. However, not all these deaths are directly attributed to the protests or the violence that followed.