Farmers’ protest: 126 arrested over Republic Day violence in Delhi

Security personnel stand guard next to police barricades at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Ghaziabad on Saturday. (Photo: AFP)

Three more persons were arrested by the Delhi Police on Saturday, in connection with the violence at the Red Fort during farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day (January 26).
The total number of people in police custody has now risen to 126, officials were quoted as saying.

The three arrested men — all residents of Delhi — have been identified as 32-year-old Harpreet Singh, 48-year-old Harjeet Singh and 55-year-old Dharmender Singh.

Cops release pictures of over 70 vandals

Police have likely released pictures of more than 70 persons so far, who were involved in the violence on January 26. Now their identification is underway, police said.

“We are constantly examining the videos and footage which we have received to get a clear picture of people involved in the violence. The process of identification is underway,” said Chinmoy Biswal, Delhi Police PRO.

The objectionable videos on the farmers’ issues being uploaded from locations outside India are also being examined. “The Cyber Cell of the Delhi Police is investigating the matter,” Biswal added.

Notices, cash rewards, and more!

The Cyber Prevention Awareness and Detection (CyPAD) unit of the Delhi Police has served around seven to eight notices.

“We have sent notices to around seven to eight people. However, only two of them have responded. They have asked for some time to join the investigation,” a senior police officer said.

The Delhi Police arrested one Dharmendra Singh on Wednesday in connection with the violence at the Red Fort on Republic Day. Earlier, the police had announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for information on actor-activist Deep Sidhu, Jugraj Singh, Gurjot Singh and Gurjant Singh, who had 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.

(With inputs from agencies)