Red Fort violence: Was exercising my ‘fundamental right’ to protest, Deep Sidhu tells court

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Red Fort violence: Was exercising my ‘fundamental right’ to protest, Deep Sidhu tells court
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New Delhi, April 8

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Actor-activist Deep Sidhu, arrested in reference to the Red Fort violence on the Republic Day, on Thursday instructed a Delhi court that he didn’t instigate anybody to trigger violence and was solely exercising his ‘fundamental right’ to protest.

Sidhu was arrested on February 9 in reference to the Red Fort violence on the Republic Day throughout farmers’ tractor parade towards the Centre’s three new agri legal guidelines.

His counsel instructed Special Judge Neelofer Abida Perveen that Sidhu was relatively serving to police to pacify the gang and asking folks to come down from the Red Fort.

“There’s no query of conspiracy. I (Sidhu) am a well-liked face, that’s why this case. I used to be at a improper place at a improper time. I used to be there for peaceable protest. 

“Right to protest is a fundamental right, that’s why I was there. Neither I indulged in violence, nor did I urge anyone to indulge in the violence,” Sidhu’s counsel mentioned.

The counsel instructed the court that the protest was known as by varied farmers’ union and that he didn’t urge anybody to go to the Red Fort.

“I (accused) am not a member of any farmers’ union. No name was given by me for any tractor rally or to go to Red Fort. There is not any proof that I mobilised folks.

“I came much later to the Red Fort. I was not present at any of the sites to break the barricade,” the counsel for the accused claimed.

The counsel claimed that the accused reached Red Fort solely at 12 midday.

“I used to be at a ‘dhaba’ at Murthal until round 12 pm, and I reached on the Red Fort solely at 2:05 pm. Huge crowd had already gathered on the Red Fort after I reached there.

“Entire thing—mobile location, route etc.—have been verified. I have not indulged in a single act of violence. I left before the violence broke out,” he claimed.

The counsel instructed the court that Sidhu’s implication was a basic case of trial by media and added that the accused left earlier than the violence began.

He additionally mentioned the accused ought to be granted the reduction on the bottom of parity, since a number of different accused within the case has already been granted bail.      

“I am the only bread earner in the family,” he mentioned.

Prosecution opposed the bail utility, alleging that the accused instigated others for violence. 

“Hundreds of policemen were injured. Sword, sticks etc. were used. Protesters tried to crush policemen under tractors. All this started only after hoisting of ‘Nishan Sahib’ at the Red Fort, for which the accused had instigated. It was only to defame the country in the entire world that the accused persons went to Red Fort. In the name of fundamental rights, they created violence,” the police mentioned.

The court, nevertheless, requested the police to produce the proof to present that the accused instigated the mob.

The court adjourned the matter for April 12 for additional arguments and directed each the events to file varied paperwork, together with transcripts of the movies cited by Delhi Police as proof.

The police had introduced a money reward of Rs one lakh for data main to Sidhu’s arrest.

After the January 26 violence that had left over 500 safety personnel injured and one protester lifeless, Sidhu was posting movies on social media, police mentioned.

“Sidhu was in contact with a woman friend who lives in California. He used to make videos and send it to her, and she used to upload them on his Facebook account,” it mentioned.

On January 26, 1000’s of protesting farmers who reached ITO from the Ghazipur border clashed with police, the company claimed in its FIR registered in reference to the Red Fort violence, including that lots of them driving tractors reached the Red Fort and entered the monument, the place a non secular flag was additionally hoisted.

In the FIR, police mentioned two magazines with 20 stay cartridges have been snatched from two constables by protesters who additionally broken autos and robbed anti-riot gear. PTI

 

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