Bharatiya Kisan Union’s (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait
Bharatiya Kisan Union’s (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait

Amid the farmers protests, the Bharatiya Kisan Union’s (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said on Sunday his organisation was not involved in the thrashing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Punjab Arun Narang. Infact, he has alleged the party itself for setting up the act to defame farmers, who have been protesting against the Centre’s three new farm laws for more than four months now.

“Our people showed black flags but were not involved in this incident,” Tikait was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

On March 27, amid the ongoing protests, Arun Narang, a legislator from Abohar municipality in Punjab’s Fazilka district, was allegedly beaten up by a group of protesting farmers in the Malout area of the Muktsar district. The legislator had gone there with a few local leaders to address a press conference. A video, which has been doing the rounds on social media, purportedly showed the BJP leader in torn clothes being taken to a safe place by police personnel.

Narang said that he will first speak to the party leadership over this matter and later on will think on approaching the police.

Meanwhile, the Muktsar Police on Sunday booked BKU (Sidhupur) Muktsar president Sukhdev Singh and six others for attempting to murder Narang. Around 200-250 unidentified people have also been booked in connection with this incident.

Over the attack, parties in the state have condemned the attack on Narang and demanded action against those involved.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh while condemning the incident also warned of strict action against those trying to create disturbance in the state and urged the farmers to not involve themselves in such a violent act.

On the contrary, the BJP has pitted against the Punjab government holding it responsible for the attack on its legislator and have also demanded exemplary action against culprits. Issuing a statement, the party said, “The BJP condemns this incident that happened under the Congress government’s protection. The Amarinder Singh government of the Congress is directly responsible for it.”

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