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Red Fort flag hoister Jugraj Singh’s family flees village

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The 23-year-old resident of Wan Tara Singh in Punjab, Jugraj Singh, became a hero in his ‘pind’ the day he hoisted the Sikh’s sacred ‘Nishan Sahib’ flag at the Red Fort on Republic Day while the protesting farmers took over the iconic fort amid violence and anarchy.

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Jugraj, who is believed to have hoisted the flag on the ramparts of the Red Fort has now reportedly fled his village along with his parents, leaving behind his grandparents to face the media and police.

Accused Jugraj’s grandfather, Mehal Singh, who was previously happy that his grandson supposedly raise the Khalsa flag atop the Red Fort saying “Bari kripa hai Babae di, bahut sohan hai”, on Wednesday seemed fearful of policesaid, “We don’t know what or how it happened, he’s a decent boy who never gave us any reason to complain.”

However, this change in tune could be due police raids that as per villagers happened “several” times though the cops didn’t find anything and returned empty handed.

A village elder, Prem Singh, who was present at Mehal’s home, called the incident an unfortunate one. Talking to media he said that “Jugraj is young and innocent boy, who did not know the consequences of hoisting a flag in such a manner at Lal Qila (Red Fort). It was a spontaneous act and not a planned one, I myself saw on TV that the flags were already flying on the tractors. Someone gave him a flag and encouraged him to hoist it and he climbed to the top,” said Singh, while adding that Jugraj was a child laborer.

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To note, On R-day, intended “peaceful” march turned violent after farmers’ restraint ended and they started marching towards Central Delhi from the boarders before the permitted time of the tractor rally defying routes and crushing barricades. The tractor rally was supposedly to start from 3 spots outside the Delhi borders and was given 10 am to take out the procession after the traditional Republic Day parade by the armed forces at Rajpath which ended around 11.30 am, one and a half hours after agreed upon time for the rally.

As per reports, the farmers started to pour in at the borders at around 8 am even before the parade begin and thousands entered the national capital on foot. Soon, the protest turned violent, as hundreds of protesting farmers started to gathered outside the Red Fort and in no time took over the historical fort and hoisted their religious flag on the ramparts of the iconic fort.

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