Actor-activist Deep Sidhu who was accused in the tractor rally violence that took place at the Red Fort on Republic Day during has been arrested today. According to the police, Deep Sidhu was accused of fueling chaos and clashes during the tractor rally where farmers were protesting against the three agricultural laws on January 26.
Protesters were seen climbing the historic ramparts and placing a Sikh religious flag while engaging in a clash with the police. The authorities urged the protesting farmers to stand down and later had to resort to tear gas and lathi-charges to gain control of the situation.
Several teams of the Delhi police’s crime branch have been searching for Sidhu after other farmers also accused him of playing a role in the violence at the Red Fort on January 26. A monetary reward of Rs 1 lakh was announced by the police for anyone who would provide information on the whereabouts of Sidhu.
Sidhu has been uploading videos regularly on Facebook after the violent incident. DCP special cell has revealed that Deep Sidhu was making videos and sending to a friend in California to upload them. According to the police, the reason was to hide his current IP address from the police.
In one of the videos, Sidhu said that the incident should not be given any communal colour nor should the protesters be dubbed as fundamentalists or hardliners. During a speech at Singhu border before the R-Day tractor rally, Sidhu reportedly said, “Our leadership is under pressure. We shouldn’t put more pressure on them. But we can ask them to take a decision that is acceptable to all. They should come on the stage. If they don’t come, then we will take a decision. You all should decide who should take the decision in that case.”
Sidhu was a practising lawyer before he became an actor in 2015. He is also considered close to Sikh ideologue Ajmer Singh.
Police have reported 44 registered cases in connection with the Republic Day violence. 14 important cases were reported to the Crime Branch and an investigation team was to look into the case.