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Farmer leader among 2 arrested from Jammu in Red Fort violence case

Delhi Police have arrested a farmer leader and a 23-year-old from Jammu in the Red Fort violence case. The two were active participants and key conspirators in violence at Red Fort on Republic Day.

   February 23, 2021; The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested two more persons, including a farmer leader, for their alleged involvement in the violence at Red Fort during farmers’ tractor rally against the farm laws in Delhi on Republic Day.

Delhi Police on Tuesday said that Mohinder Singh, 45, president of Jammu and Kashmir United Kisan Front, was arrested from Jammu in the January 26 violence case. The other person to be arrested from Jammu was identified as 23-year-old Mandeep Singh of Gole Gujral in Jammu.

The duo was taken into custody by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Monday night and immediately shifted to the national capital for questioning, police said. They were apprehended with the support of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Delhi Police added.

Delhi Police sources said the two accused were active participants and key conspirators in the Red Fort violence case. Further investigation is on, police said. “As per the information received, both the accused are active participants and key conspirators in the riot at Red Fort,” Delhi Police Additional PRO Anil Mittal said.

Mohinder Singh’s family, however, claimed that he was innocent and demanded his immediate release.

“He (Mohinder Singh) informed me that he was called by the Senior Superintendent of Police (Jammu) and was visiting Gandhi Nagar Police Station before his mobile got switched off. Upon enquiring, I came to know that he was arrested by police and shifted to Delhi,” the farmer leader’s wife was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

She claimed that her husband was at the Delhi border and not Red Fort when the violence broke out. “He went alone to see the SSP because he was not afraid as he had done nothing wrong,” she said.

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