Rakesh Tikait
Rakesh Tikait

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait who along with score of farmers have been protesting against MLA Devendra Singh Babli's controversial remarks and demanding release of farmers today said that their agitation will continue outside the police station as the two farmers detained by the police have not been released yet.

The meeting between farmer leaders and the administration for the release of two farmers who were detained following a spat with MLA Devendra Singh Babli remained inconclusive.

Rakesh Tikait said, "the protest will continue until the farmers are released."

Tohana MLA Devendra S Babli had used abusive and inappropriate language during spat with farmers on June 1. Later, an FIR was lodged against farmers leading to several arrests.

Howevere, the MLA on Saturday said, "I forgive those involved in June 1 incident and apologise for my comments at the time."

He also clarified, "I trust those who attacked can't be farmers. I made few undignified remarks in heat of the moment and apologised for it." "Legal course of action to take place against those involved in violence," he added.

According to Rakesh Tikait, "MLA Devendra S Babli has said he will withdraw the case he had filed against farmers. He has also apologised. So why is the police not releasing them now? We have asked police to either release those arrested or arrest us too."

The protesting farmers had earlier also sought the registration of a case against Babli for allegedly hurling abuses at them.

On Sunday, a group of women in Tikait's presence also sang songs highlighting the plight of the farmers. They took a dig at the Centre and Haryana government on the farmers' issue, and slammed Deputy Chief Minister and JJP leader Dushyant Chautala for not standing with the farmers.

Tikait said their agitation against the farm laws would continue till the government repeals the farm laws and enacts a law on minimum support price (MSP).

The BKU leader reiterated that the government wants to shift the farmers' agitation centre point from Delhi borders to Haryana's Rohtak-Jind belt, a "ploy" which he said will not be allowed to succeed.

Several farmer groups in the state have been opposing the public functions of the BJP-JJP leaders.

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