- Rakesh Tikait was seen weeping loudly in front of TV cameras declaring he would not budge and claiming, ‘This is a conspiracy against farmers’.
- A chaotic night at Ghazipur where cops in riot gears were seen removing the farmers protesting at various points outside Delhi.
- Tikait has demanded a judicial inquiry into the events at the Red Fort as the farmers have alleged a conspiracy against the protest.
A viral video of Rakesh Tikait surfaced amidst the chaotic night at Ghazipur where cops in riot gears were seen removing the farmers protesting at various points outside Delhi against three central farm laws.
In the video, an emotional Rakesh Tikait was seen weeping loudly in front of TV cameras declaring he would not budge. “They want to destroy farmers, we will not allow this to happen. Either the laws will be taken back, or Tikait will kill himself. This is a conspiracy against farmers…,” Tikait said in the video.
Thursday evening, a massive force of security including 300 CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) personnel, 600 troops of the Provincial Armed Constabulary and 1,000 police personnel arrived at the Ghazipur border to drive the protesting farmers away.
After the video clip was revealed on the internet and social media platforms, hordes of farmers were seen making a U-turn and returning to Ghazipur to attend the “Mahapanchayat” called by Rakesh Tikait.
On Friday morning, former Union Minister Ajit Singh of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) spoke to the BKU and expressing his party’s support. Jayant Chowdhury, son of Ajit Singh said to the farmers that, “It is a matter of life and death for farmers, but do not worry. All have to stay together, united in this,”
The UP administration was nearly successful in ending the protest as they cut off the water and power supply while sending a notice to the farmers following the violence on Republic Day tractor rally in Delhi. Similarly, the protesting farmers at Haryana were given a 24-hour ultimatum by the local people due to the massive inconvenience faced by them.
At Tikri and Singhu, heavy security is been placed while police dug up roads using JCB. Water and power supplies for the hundreds of farmers camping on the roads for 2 months were also cut off yesterday evening which was restored on Friday morning.
Rakesh Tikait has demanded a judicial inquiry into the events at the Red Fort as the farmers have alleged a conspiracy against the protest which had the primary goal to taint their Republic Day tractor rally.
Currently, the Delhi police have filed more than 25 cases over the R-day violence while 19 people have been arrested.