Even as the police have asked the farmers to vacate the protest site, Naresh Tikait, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), has announced the end of farmers’ protests in Ghazipur. However, Rakesh Tikait has refused to surrender to the police or vacate the protest site.
In Muzaffarnagar, he said, “The picket at Ghazipur (border) will end today.” However, his brother and BKU spokesperson, Rakesh Tikait, said that he would continue to protest on the Ghazipur border.
However, a defectionist Rakesh Tikait has refused to surrender to the police or vacate the protest site. He has now gone on a hunger strike and said that he will drink only water from his village. He also threatened that people would come from villages if needed ‘.
However, the division among peasant unions is widening after the shameful Republic Day violence. On Thursday, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lok Shakti) and the Kisan Mahapanchayat withdrew from the protests.
Meanwhile, the UP police have given an ultimatum to the protesters to evacuate the Ghazipur protest site. Following the ultimatum, many farmers have started evacuating the site.