The Delhi Police has announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for those who can provide information about Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu and others who have been accused of instigating protesting farmers that resulted in widespread violence during the tractor rally in the national capital on Republic Day.
The police have announced Rs 1 lakh reward for leads that could result in the arrest of Deep Sidhu and three others. Similarly, a reward of Rs 50,000 has been announced for leads that could result in the arrest of Jagbir Singh, Buta Singh, Iqbal Singh and Sukhdev Singh, who have been accused for the violence that erupted in Delhi.
The police also released pictures of 12 wanted people who have been charged for the violence in the national capital. They have been identified through video footages after taking the help of the forensic team.
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.
Deep Sidhu’s justification
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.”
The actor had 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 had said.
Farmers accused 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.
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.”
To read the latest news in Gujarati click here