Bengaluru, May 30 (UNI) Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait was hit with an ID tag and ink was splashed at him at an event here on Monday, triggering a fight between his supporters and opponents who used chairs as weapons.
In a video which went viral on social media, a person is seen coming up on the stage where Tikait was seated with other farmer leaders.
As soon as the attacker climbed the stage, he picked an ID tag and hit Tikait twice while another person sprinkled black ink on him.
The BKU leader had arranged a press conference to highlight a sting operation in which farmers’ leader Kodihalli Chandrashekhar was allegedly caught demanding money on camera.
Tikait blamed the Karnataka BJP government for not providing security at the venue. “This is the responsibility of the local police. They did not provide security cover for us. And this has been done in collusion with the state government,” he told reporters here.
Tikait had spearheaded the 13-month-long farmers’ protest against the Centre’s now-repealed farm laws.