Tikait and other BKU leaders addressed the “kisan mazdoor maha panchayat” on Saturday in the village of Dhurali near Ambala Cantt.

Haryana police have registered a complaint against Union Bharatiya Kisan leader Rakesh Tikait and 12 others, who organized a “ maha panchayat ” in a village here, for allegedly violating orders to ban under Article 144 of the CrPc, officials said on Sunday.

Tikait and other BKU leaders addressed the “kisan mazdoor maha panchayat” on Saturday in the village of Dhurali near Ambala Cantt.

Ratan Maan Singh, Baldev Singh and Jasmer Saini are among 12 other farmer heads who have been arrested by police.

Faced with a massive increase in coronavirus cases, the district magistrate had imposed article 144, which prohibits the gathering of four or more people.

Police said Deputy Deputy Inspector Chandi Singh warned BKU leaders not to organize the “maha panchayat” because Article 144 was enforced in the district.

“However, the BKU leaders went ahead and organized the event,” said a senior police official.

Based on a complaint from the Assistant Deputy Inspector, a case was registered against Tikait and 12 other chief farmers.

“They violated the orders under Article 144 as well as the orders duly promulgated by the official (district magistrate) under Article 188 of the IPC. life-threatening disease) and 270 (malicious act capable of spreading infection from a life-threatening disease), ”the police official said.

Addressing the “maha panchayat”, Tikait, who is the national spokesperson for the BKU, reiterated that agitation against the centre’s new agricultural laws will continue until such laws are repealed.

He asked the farmers to prepare for a long battle.

The BKU leader also criticized the government for its handling of the COVID crisis, saying various hospitals across the country are grappling with a severe shortage of medical oxygen.

Speaking to the media later, Tikait said at the event, farmers were told they should take whatever steps are necessary to protect themselves from the disease.

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