‘Attack on Rakesh Tikait for not speaking in Kannada’, accused tell Karnataka Police

Thursday, June 2, 2022

The three accused persons, who attacked Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Singh Tikait, have taken a u-turn and claimed that they attacked him for not speaking in Kannada, police sources said on Thursday.

The police also said that they were probing the statements of the accused.

Tikait was attacked and assaulted with black paint while addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan in Bengaluru on Monday.

The police had arrested three persons - Bharath Shetty, the President of Bharatha Rakshana Vedike, Shivakumar and Pradeep.

The accused had taken the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while carrying out the attack and while being taken away by the police. The investigating officers are seeing the development as a premeditated act. “The accused’s statement is misleading and they will be investigated further,” said police sources.