Jan 26 instigator who climbed Red Fort held

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Jan 26 instigator who climbed Red Fort held

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The Delhi Police has arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the violence at Red Fort on Republic day. Police said that he was arrested by the Crime Branch team which is probing the case related to violence and vandalism at the Red Fort on January 26 during the tractor parade.

The accused has been identified as Jaspreet Singh, a resident of Swaroop Nagar. The arrest comes days after a 30-year-old Maninder Singh, was arrested by a team of special cell for allegedly swinging swords that “ motivated”  the protesters at the Red Fort during the violence in Delhi.

According to police, Maninder had “ motivated”  six people of the neighbourhood. All six of them, riding upon bikes, had accompanied tractor rally of farmers heading from Singhu border towards Mukarba Chowk on Republic Day.

The police said that Jaspreet Singh, is one of the associates of Maninder Singh and standing behind him, climbed up one of the tombs located on both the sides of rampart at Red Fort.

“ Jaspreet Singh is the person who was standing behind accused Maninder Singh and also climbed up one of the tombs located on both the sides of rampart at Red Fort. In one of the pictures, he is also seen in offensive gesture holding steel tensile installed at Red Fort,”  a senior police official said.

Earlier, Maninder Singh, who works as a car AC mechanic, was arrested last week from near the C D block bus stop in Pitampura in northwest Delhi, police had said.

According to the police, Maninder Singh, was seen in a video swinging two swords at Red Fort with intent to motivate or radicalise and energise the violent anti-national elements indulging in brutal assault or attack on police persons on duty with swords, ‘’khandas’’, iron rods, axes, ‘’barsaas’’, sticks etc and damaging historical monument Red Fort on Republic Day.

He (Maninder) who runs a sword-training school in an empty plot near his house in Swaroop Nagar, has “ disclosed to have been radicalised by seeing provoking Facebook posts of various groups. He used to frequently visit Singhu Border and was highly motivated by speeches made by leaders there” , police had said.

Thousands of protesters had clashed with the police during the tractor parade called by farmer unions on January 26 to highlight their demand for repeal of the Centre’’s three farm laws. Many of the protesters, driving tractors, reached the Red Fort and entered the monument. Some of them even hoisted religious flags on its domes and the flagstaff at the ramparts.

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