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Red Fort Violence: Delhi Police nabs Khempreet Singh, Maninderjit Singh

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Red Fort Violence: Delhi Police nabs Khempreet Singh, Maninderjit Singh

New Delhi: In connection to Red Fort violence case of Republic day, Delhi Police Crime Branch made two more arrests -One Dutch national Maninderjit Singh, who is settled in Birmingham, UK and another accused Khempreet Singh, who assaulted police official on duty with spear inside the walls of iconic red fort on January 26.

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Accused Maninderjit Singh was absconding and had so far will fully evaded arrest. But despite of all the precautions, he was arrested from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport while trying to flee India with forged travel documents. A lookout circular notice had been issued against him. With the forged travel papers, he had planned to first fly to Nepal from Delhi and then to UK.

Maninderjit Singh also has two other cases in his name under the Arms Act and other laws, said the police. He has been produced before the court and has been given police custody.

Police also alleges that accused Maninderjit Singh was seen in video footages of the Red Fort incident, carrying a spear in his hands.

Apart from this, the second accused Khempreet was absconding since January 26 and was escaping arrest. Khempreet is the accomplice of the first arrested accused Maninder Singh and was also seen carrying a huge spear during the Red Fort violence, assaulting police personnel. Maninder was caught a few days by the Special Cell, who was wielding a sword with both hands in the violence.

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During investigation he disclosed that on January 26, he along with his associates joined the tractor rally from Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar and finally reached Red Fort after breaching the barricades at Burari and Chatta Rail.

Khempreet will be produced before the court on Wednesday.

Delhi Police had told that Maninder Singh along with 5 of his comrades and other miscreants entered the Red Fort and committed fencing. This fencing encouraged the miscreants and started attacking the police.

So far, the Delhi Police has continued with the regular raids at different places across Delhi and Punjab over the Republic Day violence during the farmers’ tractor rally in Delhi. Several arrests have been made so far, including that of actor Deep Sidhu, who has been accused of inciting the farmers to storm the Red Fort.

With the latest arrests, the total number of those who have been arrested in the Red Fort violence case has gone up to 14.

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Protesting farmers at Delhi borders had called for a peaceful tractor rally, on January 26, to demonstrate their agitation against Centre’s contentious farm laws, however, the many farmers and protesters broke the consensus formed with the Delhi Police and started reaching the Red Fort complex and hoisted their religious flag ‘Nishan Sahib’ there.

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