UPDATED: January 27, 2021 09:41 IST
Actor Deep Sidhu and gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana played a major role in instigating the violence in the national capital during the farmers’ tractor rally, which saw hundreds of protesters clashing with police to enter Delhi and storming into the Red Fort, sources said.
According to sources, Sidhu and Sidhana came to Delhi two days ago and gave a provocative speech to the protesters at the Singhu border. Sidhu, who campaigned for the BJP’s Sunny Deol in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, and Sidhana, who has 26 cases registered against him, have been camping with protesting farmers at the Singhu border since November.
Several farmer leaders, including Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Haryana unit chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni, have distanced themselves from the violence that rocked central Delhi on Republic Day and alleged that Deep Sidhu instigated the protesters and led them to the Red Fort.
“Deep Sidhu was present at Red Fort during the violence. We were opposed to him since the start. A probe should be launched into how Deep Sidhu reached the Red Fort with a microphone,” Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav said in an interview with AajTak.
Yadav also claimed that they had informed the police about Sidhu and Sidhana trying to instigate the crowd the night before the tractor rally, but no action was taken.
“He (Sidhu) is linked to the BJP and was an agent during MP Sunny Deol’s election and also has been pictured with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We had informed the police about this beforehand but no action was taken. He has not been arrested despite his pictures from the incident,” Yadav said.
Congress Lok Sabha MP Ravneet Singh Bittu also claimed that it was Deep Sidhu who unfurled the flag at Red Fort. “He (Sidhu) is a member of banned extremist outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ),” Bittu alleged.
In a video released on social media soon after the Red Fort incident, Sidhu, speaking in Hindi, said the Nishan Sahib and Kisan Union flags were hoisted “in a flow of emotions”. “How can Deep Sidhu instigate such a huge crowd You will not find a single video of me leading anyone to Red Fort. Everyone was swayed by the moment,” he said.
Sources said Sidhu had political ambitions and wanted to form a party of his own. Both Sidhu and Sidhana have been very active during the farmers’ agitation. Later, a section of farmers removed them from their protest. Two farmers later went missing from the protest for a few days.