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Farmer Leader Rakesh Tikait, Others Step Up Protest Against Arrests



Haryana: Farmer chief Rakesh Tikait demanded the discharge of the arrested farmers.


Farmers leaders have determined to proceed with their protest in Tohana city in Haryana’s Fatehabad district over a case registered after agitating farmers surrounded an MLA’s house final week throughout protest in opposition to the centre’s controversial agricultural legal guidelines.

The resolution got here after a marathon assembly between farmer leaders and the district administration failed to succeed in a consensus over the discharge of two farmer leaders — Vikas Sisar and Ravi Azad — arrested on Wednesday.

They have been arrested for surrounding the house of Haryana MLA Devendra Singh Babli of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), which is allied with the ruling BJP, on Wednesday evening.

Following the failure of the talks, it has been determined that farmers from 4 districts will now gherao police stations in on Tohana for 4 hours tomorrow.   

Numerous farmers, led by farmer leaders Rakesh Tikait, Gurnam Singh Charuni, and United Kisan Morcha chief Yogendra Yadav have been staging a sit-in earlier than a police station in Tohana since Saturday evening demanding the discharge of arrested farmers.

On Saturday, the MLA apologised for abusive feedback made throughout a spat with farmers final Tuesday, whereas they have been protesting the farm legal guidelines.

Though Mr Tikait, who has emerged because the influential face of the farmers’ protests, accepted the apology, he demanded the discharge of the arrested farmers.

“The MLA has determined to withdraw the circumstances in opposition to the farmers and he has additionally expressed remorse on his statements, so for now that matter is over. But yesterday we talked to the administration to withdraw the circumstances in opposition to our fellow farmer who’ve been despatched to jail. They didn’t agree. Today we are going to speak once more. We will maintain this dharna until our fellow farmers launched. Our demand is that if the police can’t launch our comrades, then arrest us too,” he advised information company ANI.

The police itself is the complainant within the case in opposition to the farmers for surrounding the MLA’s house. Administrative officers maintained that they’ll firstly take authorized opinion on this matter earlier than continuing for additional motion.

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