Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu was arrested by Delhi Police’s special cell late on Monday night for his alleged role in the violence and vandalism at the Red Fort during the farmers’ tractor rally on January 26. Earlier the Delhi Police had announced a cash reward of Rs6 lakh for information leading to the actor-turned-activists arrests and seven others.
The police had announced Rs1 lakh reward for leads that could result in the arrest of Deep Sidhu and three others each. Similarly, a reward of Rs50,000 has been announced for leads that could result in the arrest of Jagbir Singh, Buta Singh, Iqbal Singh, and Sukhdev Singh, who is accused of the violence that erupted in Delhi.
The police also released pictures of 12 wanted people who were charged for the violence in the national capital. They have been identified through video footage after taking the help of the forensic team.
Sidhu was seen among the protesters who clashed with security personnel and hoisted a religious flag on the Red Fort.
Police have so far identified several vehicles, including many tractors, that were part of the rally and took part in the violence.
The violence and Deep Sidhu’s role
Nearly 400 cops were injured in the violence during the tractor rally that deviated from the permitted route and attacked and chased cops. Following the violence, the Delhi Police has registered 44 cases against the farmer leaders and has arrested 122 people so far.
Last month, Deep Sidhu claimed that the hoisting of the “Nishan Sahib” at Red Fort was a spontaneous act and it was done to symbolically register the farmers’ protest. He said, “To symbolically register our protest against the new farm legislation, we put up ‘Nishan Sahib’ and a farmer flag and also raised the slogan of Kisan Mazdoor Ekta.”
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