Republic Day violence: Delhi Police arrests Jammu-based farm leader Mohinder Singh

Singh was taken into custody on Monday night and immediately shifted to Delhi for questioning, officials said

Press Trust of India February 23, 2021 10:29:29 IST
Republic Day violence: Delhi Police arrests Jammu-based farm leader Mohinder Singh

A man seen hoisting a religious flag at the Red Fort on Republic Day. AP

Jammu: A prominent farmer leader from Jammu was taken into custody by the Delhi Police for his alleged involvement in the violence during farmers' tractor parade against the new agri laws in the national capital on Republic Day, officials said on Tuesday.

Jammu and Kashmir United Kisan Front Chairman Mohinder Singh, a resident of Chatha area of Jammu city, is the first person to be arrested from Jammu in connection with the 26 January violence.

He was taken into custody on Monday night and immediately shifted to Delhi for questioning, they said.

Thousands of protesters had clashed with the police during the tractor parade called by farmer unions on 26 January demanding repeal of the Centre's contentious farm laws.

Many of the protesters reached the Red Fort driving tractors and entered the monument, and some of them even hoisted religious flags on its domes and a flagstaff at the ramparts.

Singh's family, however, said that he was innocent and demanded his immediate release.

“He (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 inquiring, I came to know that he was arrested by police and shifted to Delhi,” Singh's wife told reporters.

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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