Deep Sidhu arrested in Karnal after being named in Delhi Police FIR on Republic Day violence

Deep Sidhu arrested in Karnal after being named in Delhi Police FIR on Republic Day violence
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Actor Deep Sidhu has been arrested by SWR Range of the Special Cell from Karnal in Haryana. Deep Sidhu has been accused of instigating a group of farmers to storm the Red Fort on Republic Day and has been named in an FIR by Delhi Police.

Deep Sidhu was arrested on Tuesday from Karnal in Haryana by the Delhi Police Special Cell. Delhi Police had earlier announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for any information that could help arrest Deep Sidhu and three others over the violence at the Red Fort on Republic Day.

Deep Sidhu's arrest has been made by a team of Delhi Police's Special Cell, said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell). Police have said the last few videos of Deep Sidhu were uploaded by his friend from California so that the authorities couldn't track his location. Delhi Police sources have said Deep 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.

Cash reward of Rs 50,000 each was also announced for Buta Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Jajbir Singh and Iqbal Singh for allegedly instigating protesters, said Delhi Police. The reward of Rs 1 lakh was announced on Sidhu, Jugraj Singh, Gurjot Singh and Gurjant Singh who hoisted flags at the Red Fort or involved in the act. Since he was accused of instigating the farmers, Deep Sidhu had gone missing and released several videos on his social media account to defend himself.

Deep Sidhu released a new video from hiding and could be seen crying and venting anger against the farmer unions and Punjabis for branding him a "traitor". "I have raised the voice of Punjab and its people. I was branded a traitor. There were 5 lakh people at the Red Fort, including singers and leaders, but only one (I) was singled out," Sidhu said.Thousands of protesting farmers 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 protesters even hoisted religious flags on its domes and a flagstaff at the ramparts, where the national flag is unfurled by the prime minister on Independence Day.