New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for anyone who will give information about Republic day violence accused actor Deep Sidhu and his two associates; and Jugraj Singh, accused of hoisting the Sikh’s religious flag ‘Nishan Sahib’, at the rampart of iconic Red Fort during the farmers’ January 26 tractor rally.
The police officials are also conducting raids in Delhi and Punjab to search for the accused who participated in the violent clashes between Delhi cops and farmers during the Republic Day tractor march.
As per reports, police is also looking for protesters named Jajbir Singh, Buta Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Iqbal Singh and announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information about their whereabouts.
Till date, 44 FIRs have been registered in connection with the R-day violence and a total of 122 persons have also been arrested so far.
Initially promised to be a “peaceful” protest, Republic day tractor protest went violent as demonstrators diverted from the designated route and started to storm into the main city where they clashed with police, and laid siege to the Red Fort and climb the flagpole to hoist their religious flag. All this was done to voice their demands seeking the repeal of Centre’s newly formed farm laws, which they say will benefit corporates.
To control the unruly protestors, police had resorted to Baton and teargas shells at multiple locations in the city. Whereas places, where the policemen were outnumbered, they had to retreat as the protesters advanced.
According to initial investigation at least five of those identified in R-day violence have criminal records in Punjab and were picked up by state police earlier. As per one of the FIRs, Punjabi film actor Deep Sidhu and Lakhbir Singh Sidhana alias Lakha Sidhana, gangster-turned-politician and president of the Malwa Youth Federation were among the vandals. While, some violent protesters have been identified as residents of Delhi and police are collecting evidence before making arrests.
Jugraj Singh, who hoisted Nishan Sahib, has reportedly fled from his village in Punjab with his family leaving his grandparents behind. According to state police, Jugraj was an “unemployed youth” who had “returned from Nigeria last year”. Upon contacting his family they claimed that he was innocent and had climbed up the flagpole only after being instigated by a fellow protester.