Republic Day violence: Man who climbed Red Fort tomb arrested

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A 29-year-old man, who allegedly climbed one of many tombs of the Red Fort through the violence in Delhi on Republic Day, has been arrested, police mentioned on Monday.

The arrested man has been recognized as Jaspreet Singh and he is among the associates of Maninder Singh, who was arrested final Tuesday for allegedly swinging swords with the intent of “motivating” and “energising” the protesters on the historic monument, PTI reported.

Jaspreet, a resident of Swaroop Nagar in northwest Delhi, was arrested by a Crime Branch group on Saturday.

Thousands of protesters had clashed with the police through the tractor parade known as by farmer unions on January 26, demanding a repeal of the Centre’s contentious farm legal guidelines.

During the agitation, many from the Singhu and Ghazipur borders modified their route and moved in the direction of Akshardham. The march then went to Central Delhi’s ITO and Red Fort, the place police resorted to teargas shelling and lathi cost whereas some farmers vandalised public property and attacked police personnel. At Red Fort, a piece of protesters climbed poles and partitions and hoisted their Nishan Sahib flag.

Police mentioned greater than 300 police personnel had been injured, most of them throughout clashes at ITO and Red Fort. CRPF personnel additionally sustained accidents within the clashes and their automobiles too had been broken.

A 27-year-old farmer, Navreet Singh, died through the chaos at ITO.

“Jaspreet Singh is the person who was standing behind accused Maninder Singh and also climbed up one of the tombs located on both the sides of the rampart at Red Fort. In one of the pictures, he is also seen in offensive gesture holding steel tensile installed at Red Fort,” an officer mentioned.

According to the police, Maninder Singh, 30, had “motivated” six individuals of the neighbourhood, who had accompanied the tractor parade that headed from the Singhu border in the direction of Mukarba Chowk. Jaspreet is one in all his associates and was recognized from the photographs and movies through which he was purportedly standing behind Maninder, officers mentioned. Maninder, who works as a automotive AC mechanic, was arrested from Pitampura in northwest Delhi final week, police had mentioned.

Maninder was “radicalised” by seeing “provoking” Facebook posts of varied teams, police had mentioned, including he would steadily go to the Singhu border and was “highly motivated” by speeches made by leaders there.

Earlier, Punjabi actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu, who was named an accused in the Republic day violence case, had been arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell. Sidhu had been discovered instigating the gang through the tractor rally and violence at Red Fort, mentioned the police.

[With inputs from PTI]