The convoy of Rakesh Singh Tikait, leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, which is leading the peasant movement, was attacked in Alwar, Rajasthan. The attackers hurled stones at the convoy, in which the glasses of four vehicles were broken. Black ink was also thrown together. Rakesh Tikait sat on a dharna in protest against the attack. After this, the Ashok Gehlot government of Rajasthan came into action. The Chief Minister himself condemned the attack and assured action against the accused. The latest news is that the Rajasthan Police has arrested 14 accused in the case, including an ABVP leader.
The convoy of Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, arrived in Rajasthan’s Alwar district to address the Kisan Mahapanchayat, was attacked on Friday. The attackers were said to be 15-20 youths of the peasant class. Glasses of four vehicles of Tikait’s convoy were broken in stone. Two vehicles were damaged. Ink was also thrown at Tikait, but he has not been hurt. The police initially detained four attackers, including Kuldeep Yadav, president of Alwar-based Raj Rishi Bhartrihari Matsya University Students’ Union.
The attack at Tartarpur intersection in Alwar district occurred when Tikait was going to Bansur after addressing a mahapanchayat organized in Harsauli. After the stone pelting, Tikait and his supporters sat on a dharna. However, Tikait later got up from the dharna and left to address the mahapanchayat of Bansur. His supporters sat on a sit-in for some time. Dr. Sanjay Madhav, spokesman of the United Kisan Morcha’s Shahjahanpur-Jaisinghpur Kheda Border, said that BJP and RSS have attacked Rakesh Tikait.
The KMP (Kundli-Manesar-Palwal) Expressway was blocked by agitators sitting on the Kundli border late Friday in protest against the attack on Rakesh Tikait’s car. However, about 20 minutes later, the leaders of the United Kisan Morcha withdrew the agitators from there and after meeting it said to take a decision. The Punjab unit of the Aam Aadmi Party refused to attack Tikait. AAP leader and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema said that the Modi government at the Center is now taking such steps to suppress the peasant movement through the goons of its party.