Tribune News Service
Ghazipur, January 28
Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Thursday dared the police and local administration to come out clean with their intentions after water and electricity were cut at Ghazipur border.
Addressing the farmers from the main stage, Tikait, who has also been named in the Delhi Police FIR for his role in the violence on Republic Day, said if the police had been told to arrest the leaders, they should do that rather than resorting to scare tactics.
“There must be people from the intelligence and police here. I want to tell them that if your bosses have told you to take action against us, then please do arrest us,” Tikait said.
“Trying to scare us by cutting off water and electricity will not scare us away. Please come to us and explain what is the plan of action from the administration. If they want us to vacate, they must tell us that, or if they want us to be arrested, please take us,” the BKU leader said.
Tikait further said the administration played a part in trying to break the unity of unions by giving the fringe groups easy entry to the Red Fort.
“How can anyone explain the number of people at a heavily-fortified place like the Red Fort. Then to break farmers and the Sikhs, a religious flag was unfurled there. The police have played a role in this controversy,” he said.