24 Feb, 2021 00:15 am

Farmers' protest: Day after, Ajit Singh versus Sanjeev Balyan in Soram

Farmers' protest: Day after, Ajit Singh versus Sanjeev Balyan in Soram
The minister's men started beating the villagers as they raised slogans against him, said the Jat leader

21, 04:34 AM Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh on Tuesday visited Muzaffarnagar’s Soram, where Union minister Sanjeev Kumar Balyan’s men had allegedly attacked villagers a day earlier, and demanded action against those behind the assault.Prominent Jat leader Ajit Singh, who addressed over 2,000 villagers at the chaupal (community centre) in Soram on Tuesday, said: “The police must register a case on the basis of the complaint of the villagers and take action against those who attacked the residents.Ajit Singh, who lost to Balyan from Muzaffarnagar in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by 6,526 votes apparently due to a rupture in the traditional friendship between Jats and Muslims after 2013 communal riots, claimed that the BJP leader was angry also because people in Soram had questioned him over the farm laws and the rising prices of essential commodities.His men then started beating them,” Ajit Singh said.

A few hours after Ajit Singh’s visit, Balyan, a 2013 riot accused, said at a news conference in Muzaffarnagar: “RLD members tried to vitiate the atmosphere in Soram when I had gone there to say something to the khap leaders.Naresh Tikait, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Tikait) president, visited Soram a few hours before Ajit Singh and tore into Balyan.

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