Water from Thames River for Rakesh Tikait

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Rohit, who hails from Dadhlan village in Jhajjar district offered a bottle of water which he brought with him from London after filling it from popular river-Thames on February 7.

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Rohtak: Swayed by the emotional appeal of BKU leader Rakesh Tikait on January 28, Rohit Ahlawat, an NRI businessman settled in London for 11 years flew with water from Thames River to Ghazipur border.

Rohit, who hails from Dadhlan village in Jhajjar district offered a bottle of water which he brought with him from London after filling it from popular river-Thames on February 7.

“Ever since agitation started by farmers in Haryana after enactment of three agriculture bills, I am keeping a tab on the issue. For the last 75 days, when the farmers were sitting around Delhi borders, I am keenly following the updates. I got moved on January 28, when Tikait went in tears and pledged to drink water when it is brought by his fellow farmers”, Rohit added.

He said that he got his tickets done and landed at Indira Gandhi international airport from Heathrow Airport with his family on February 7.

“I with my wife and four-year-old son directly went to Ghazipur border to hand over Thames river water to Tikait after crossing the barricades set up by Delhi police”, he said.

On the idea of bringing water from Thames, he said that Tikait’s emotional appeal was to showcase solidarity for farmers from all corners of the country.

“Since, I was living in London, I decided to bring water from there as an expression of solidarity for the NRI community abroad for the agrarian movement”, he said.

Rohit said that he did not stop at Ghazipur border but went ahead to meet farmers at Tikri and Singhu borders also.

“We spent two days with farmers on a protest site to understand their sufferings and reasons for being on road against the three agri bills”, he added.

He said that he was appalled to witness the condition under which farmers have been sustaining the fight against the mighty centre government.

“The three agri bills may not impact me directly but it is my duty to stand with them because my family still is engaged in farming at Jhajjar village. I can not run away from my duty to support them”, he said.

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