- JJP MLA Devendra Singh Babli gave a controversial statement regarding farmers
- Angry farmers tried to gherao MLA Babli’s residence
- When the matter escalated, the MLA expressed regret for using the words “inappropriate”
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait sat on a dharna outside Tohana police station till late in the night. Tikait and other farmers are demanding the release of two farmers arrested by the police. The protesting people say that the criminal case against the arrested farmers should be withdrawn. The matter is related to the controversial statement of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) MLA Devendra Singh Babli about farmers. After the controversial statement, angry farmers tried to gherao the residence of MLA Devendra Singh Babli.
Hearing on bail plea of arrested farmers today
The police have arrested Vikas Sisar and Ravi Azad in connection with the incident. Both have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The counsel for the accused said that Sisar and Azad have filed bail applications in the local court, which will be heard on Monday.
Will not move from outside the police station until he is released
Addressing people outside the police station on Sunday, Tikait said that till the fellow farmers are not released, the protesting farmers will not move from here. The protesting farmers had earlier also demanded registration of a case against Babli for abusing her. Babli later expressed regret for using “inappropriate” words against the farmers.
marched towards the police station
Earlier, Tikait along with some other farmer leaders had gathered at the grain market here on Saturday night and then marched towards the police station. Speaking to the media outside Sadar police station on Saturday, senior leader of United Kisan Morcha Yogendra Yadav said that the issue of release of two farmers is yet to be resolved. The United Kisan Morcha is leading the farmers’ movement.
Movement against agricultural laws will continue
Tikait said his agitation against agricultural laws would continue till the government repeals agricultural laws and enacts a law on Minimum Support Price (MSP). On June 1, Babli faced opposition from a group of farmers, who showed him black flags and raised slogans. Babli had alleged that some protesters misbehaved and broke the glass of his car. However, the farmers had accused Babli of using abusive and threatening language in public.