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Deep Sidhu under police scanner for instigating violence during farmers’ tractor rally

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Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu has been accused of instigating protesting farmers that resulted in widespread violence during the tractor rally in the national capital. There is national outrage over the hoisting of a religious flag at Red Fort on Republic Day—an incident during which Sidhu was present at the site. The actor has come under the scanner of security agencies.

The violence that erupted during the tractor rally and the way farmers ransacked public and police vehicles and chased policemen has drawn criticism even from the ardent supporters of the farmers’ protest.

Deep Sidhu’s justification

The actor, however, claimed that the hoisting of the “Nishan Sahib” 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.”

The actor also said that the Nishan Sahib represents the country’s unity in diversity. He said the anger was natural in a mass movement when the genuine rights of farmers are ignored, and during the tractor rally, that anger flared up. He also said that the protestors did not enter the national capital to damage public property or to hurt anyone.

“We held a peaceful protest without destroying anything or causing any damage to the public property…we exercised our democratic right peacefully. If we think one person or a personality could do such a big mobilisation of people, then it will be wrong,” he said.

Farmers accuse Deep Sidhu

The Samkyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 41 farmer unions that is leading the farmer protest, alleged that some “antisocial elements” had infiltrated their otherwise peaceful movement.

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Rajesh Tikait of the Bharat Kisan Union said: “Deep Sidhu is not a Sikh, he is a worker of the BJP. This is a movement of farmers and will remain so. Some people will have to leave this place immediately— those who broke barricading will never be a part of the movement.”

Satnam Singh Pannu of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee said: “Whatever happened at Red Fort is because of Deep Sidhu. Why didn’t the police stop him at Red Fort? He is close to the ruling party.”

22 FIRs

The Delhi Police have registered 22 cases in connection with Tuesday’s violence during the farmers’ tractor rally in which over 300 cops were injured and one farmer died. Several farmer leaders have been named in the FIRs, while the police are scanning CCTV footage to identify more culprits.

 Union home minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level meeting and it has been decided to deploy additional forces in Delhi. Neighbouring states Punjab and Haryana have been placed under high alert. As a precautionary measure, internet services were suspended in the Delhi-NCR region.

 

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