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Deep Sidhu arrested again for Republic Day riot

The actor-activist had been arrested on 9 February in connection with the Red Fort violence on the Republic Day during farmers' tractor parade

Delhi Police crime branch today arrested actor-activist Deep Sidhu, an accused in the Red Fort violence on the Republic Day. A Delhi court had granted bail to Deep Sidhu earlier this very day.

The counsel of Deep Sidhu told the court that mere presence did not make him part of unlawful assembly and that he was an honest citizen who was part of a protest. Thereafter, Special Judge Neelofer Abida Perveen granted bail to Sidhu on a personal bond with two local surety of Rs 30,000. The court ordered Sidhu to join police investigation as and when required.

The public prosecutor representing the Delhi police claimed that Sidhu participated in the protest with the intention to create violence and disregard the national flag and that he was the main instigator of unlawful assembly.

Deep Sidhu had been arrested on 9 February in connection with the Red Fort violence on the Republic Day during farmers’ tractor parade against the Centre’s three agriculture sector reform laws.

On 26 January, thousands of protesting farmers who reached ITO from the Ghazipur border, had assaulted the police, the agency said in its FIR registered in connection with the Red Fort violence, adding that many of them driving tractors reached the Red Fort and entered the monument, where a religious flag was also hoisted.

In the FIR, police said two magazines with 20 live cartridges were snatched from two constables by protestors who also damaged vehicles and robbed anti-riot gear.

With agency inputs

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