Farmers nab miscreant at Kundli border, say he was sent to disturb peaceful protest

The farmer leaders said the youth confessed that there were 10 people in the team and they were instructed to create disturbances during their tractor parade scheduled on January 26

Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Sonepat, January 23

Protesting farmers on Kundli border nabbed a miscreat in police uniform late Friday evening, whom they alleged was sent by someone to create disturbance in their peaceful agitation.

Members of farmers’ union — Rakesh Tikait, Jagjeet Singh Dallewal, Kulwant Singh Sandhu, Manjeet Singh Rai, Harender Singh Lakhowal and others — in a press conference held late night, alleged that the government wanted to create disturbance in their peaceful agitation.

The youth was presented at the press conference by farmer leaders.

The suspected youth confessed about the conspiracy that they had been ordered to disturb the parade which is scheduled to be held on Republic Day, the farmer leaders claimed.

The youth is being quizzed by Haryana police in Sonepat, officials said on Saturday.

A police official from Sonepat said the man, stated to be around 21 years of age, was being quizzed by the Crime Branch of the state police.

He said the man was residing in Sonipat and had no previous criminal record.

“He was not carrying any arms or ammunition. We are questioning him, but nothing has so far been found that points to any kind of conspiracy, as is being alleged,” the official said, adding that further investigations were under way.

The farmer leaders said the youth had confessed that there were 10 people in the team and they were getting instruction from a cop with the motive to create disturbances during their tractor parade scheduled on January 26.

The youth also confessed that their team had also created disturbance in the Jat stir in 2016 and in the Karnal village during the Chief Minister’s programme recently.

The farmer leaders said the youth had confessed that there was a plan to eliminate four prominent leaders of farmer unions.

Farmer leaders did not reveal the name of the suspect and had covered his face during the press conference.

Rakesh Tikait said farmers had revealed that they were going to hand the miscreant over to the police.

“Farmers can’t guarantee whether this youth is speaking the truth,” Tikait said.

The youth was later handed over to the Kundli police.

Sonepat SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa said the story seemed to be unrealistic but the police would give its final comment only after thorough investigation. — With PTI

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