R-Day violence: Man who climbed Red Fort tomb arrested

Jaspreet Singh, resident of Swaroop Nagar in northwest Delhi, was arrested by Crime Branch team

R-Day violence: Man who climbed Red Fort tomb arrested

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

New Delhi, February 22

A 29-year-old man who allegedly climbed one of the tombs of the Red Fort during the violence in Delhi on Republic day has been arrested, police said on Monday.

Jaspreet Singh is one of the associates of Maninder Singh, who was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly swinging swords with the intent of “motivating” and “energising” the protesters at the historic monument.

Jaspreet, a resident of Swaroop Nagar in northwest Delhi, was arrested by a Crime Branch team on Saturday.

Thousands of protesters had clashed with the police during the tractor parade called by farmer unions on January 26 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.

“Jaspreet Singh is the person who was standing behind accused Maninder Singh and also climbed up one of the tombs located on both the sides of rampart at Red Fort,” an officer said. “In one of the pictures, he is also seen in offensive gesture holding steel tensile installed at Red Fort.”

According to police, Maninder, 30, had “motivated” six people of the neighbourhood who had accompanied the tractor parade that headed from the Singhu border towards Mukarba Chowk.

Jaspreet is one of the associates and was identified from the pictures and videos in which he was purportedly standing behind Maninder, police said.

Maninder, who works as a car AC mechanic, was arrested from in Pitampura in northwest Delhi last week, police had said.

According to the police, Maninder was seen in a video swinging two swords at the Red Fort “with the intent of motivating or radicalising and energising violent anti-national elements indulging in brutal assault and attacking police persons on duty”.

Maninder was “radicalised” by seeing “provoking” Facebook posts of various groups, police had said, adding he would frequently visit the Singhu border and was “highly motivated” by speeches made by leaders there.  PTI

Top Stories

PNB scam case: UK judge orders Nirav Modi to be extradited to India

PNB scam case: UK judge orders Nirav Modi to be extradited to India

The UK extradition judge also ruled that Nirav Modi conspire...

Govt announces new guidelines to curb misuse of social media platforms

Govt announces new guidelines to curb misuse of social media platforms

Concerns have been raised about rampant abuse of social medi...

India, Pakistan agree to follow all ceasefire pacts

India, Pakistan agree to follow all ceasefire pacts

The decision on ceasefire, effective since Wednesday midnigh...

I-T officials raid premises of Haryana Independent MLA Balraj Kundu

I-T officials raid premises of Haryana Independent MLA Balraj Kundu

Kundu has been a vocal opponent of the BJP-led government in...

Delhi court grants protection from arrest to toolkit case accused Shantanu Muluk

Delhi court grants protection from arrest to toolkit case accused Shantanu Muluk

Muluk, along with Disha Ravi and Nikita Jacob, was booked fo...

Cities

View All