Crackdown on farmers: Rakesh Tikait terms government 'Sarkari Talibani'

Crackdown on farmers: Rakesh Tikait terms government 'Sarkari Talibani'

Nuh, Haryana: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait lashed out at an IAS officer who reportedly ordered a crackdown on farmers protesting against controversial agriculture laws for over three months in Delhi.

Addressing farmers on Sunday, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait called the government 'Sarkari Talibani', who ordered police action against peaceful protestors.

Rakesh Tikait said, " Yesterday, an officer ordered (policemen) to hit farmers on their heads. They call us Khalistani. If you would call us Khalistani and Pakistani, we would say 'Sarkari Talibani' has occupied the country. They are 'Sarkari Talibanis'".

"The officers who speak about cracking farmers' heads should be posted in Naxal-affected areas. That IAS officer (Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha) is commander of 'Sarkari Talibani'", he said.

Meanwhile, farmers blocked the road at Bhandari Bridge in Amritsar for two hours in protest against the lathi charge on protesting farmers in Karnal, Haryana. Also, farmers blocked the road leading to Ferozepur in Ludhiana earlier today in protest against lathi charge.

Reacting to the IAS officer's questionable action, Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant said, "The use of such kind of words by an IAS officer for farmers is condemnable. Definitely, action will be taken against him".

In November 2020, BKU joined the 20-21 farmers’ protest against the Farm bill by the Centre. The union has been demanding the declaration of Minimum Support Price (MSP) as a legal right, excluding farmers from the law to curb pollution to allow burning of stubble and removal of the farm bills.