Punjabi actor turned activist Deep Sidhu (36) who shot to fame during farmers’ protest and who was accused of instigating Red Fort violence during farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day has been arrested. During the violence, some protestors climbed up the ramparts of historic Red Fort and hoist their religious flag on it.
What are the charges against Deep Sidhu?
Delhi Police has accused Deep Sidhu and three others of fueling chaos and clashes during the tractor rally that farmers could take out on 26 January. They were suggested a route plan for the rally, but some protestors turned rouge leading to violence at several parts of the capital. The violence resulted in death of a protester.
Deep Sidhu was made a co-accused with three others and the police had announced a ₹ 1 lakh reward for providing any information about the three main accused. The police have arrested 122 people and filed 44 cases so far in relation to the Republic Day violence.
What did Deep Sidhu say about those charges?
Deep Sidhu had been posting Facebook messages defending himself while the Delhi Police was busy tracing his hideouts. His friends abroad were helping him post those messages.
The farmer leaders had also accused Deep Sidhu of leading a conspiracy against them by attempting to derail their peaceful movement with the violence. Perturbed by those remarks, Deep Sidhu retaliated that farmer leaders were backtracking on their protests. He said that he was labeled a gaddar and that if he was a traitor then all the farmer leaders were gaddars.