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Farmers' Stir: Delhi Police Takes Deep Sidhu To Red Fort To Recreate Events That Unfolded On Republic Day

Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu was arrested on Monday in connection with violence that broke out during the farmers' Republic Day tractor rally

Farmers' Stir: Delhi Police Takes Deep Sidhu To Red Fort To Recreate Events That Unfolded On Republic Day
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The Delhi Police's Crime Branch on Saturday took actor-activist Deep Sidhu and Iqbal Singh, both accused of violence on Republic Day to Red Fort to recreate the scene of events that unfolded at the historic monument on January 26 during the farmer's tractor parade, a senior police officer said.

According to the police, Sidhu was a "prominent player" behind the January 26 violence and vandalism at the Red Fort. He was arrested by Delhi Police's Special Cell from Karnal bypass in Haryana on Monday night. He was sent to seven-day police custody by a city court here on Tuesday.

Both accused in the case were taken to the Red Fort by a crime branch team to recreate the scene of events that unfolded on Republic Day at the monument. The team probing the case will inspect the spot to ascertain and corroborate the route taken by them, their activities at the Red Fort, and how things unfolded at the monument on Republic Day when the violence broke out, the officer added.

Iqbal Singh, who was carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his arrest, was nabbed from Hoshiarpur in Punjab on Tuesday night by the northern range of Delhi Police's Special Cell.

The Delhi police had announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for information that can lead to the arrest of actor Sidhu, Jugraj Singh, Gurjot Singh and Gurjant Singh who hoisted flags at the Red Fort or were involved in the act. A cash reward of Rs 50,000 each was also announced for Buta Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Jajbir Singh and Iqbal Singh for allegedly instigating protesters

Of them, Sidhu, Iqbal Singh and Sukhdev Singh have been arrested. Police said raids are being conducted to nab the other accused.

Thousands of farmers protesting the Centre's new agriculture laws had clashed with the police during their tractor parade on January 26.

Many of the protesters, driving tractors, reached the Red Fort and entered the monument. Some protesters even hoisted religious flags on its domes and a flagstaff at the ramparts, where the national flag is unfurled on Independence Day. 

Over 500 police personnel were injured and one protestor died on that day.

With inputs from PTI