Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu named in FIR in connection to Red Fort violence

The Delhi Police has named Punjabi actor and singer Deep Sidhu in a FIR in connection with the violence and chaos at the historic Red Fort on Tuesday.

The Delhi Police said that it has registered the case against him at the Kotwali police station of North district under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and other legislations.

Provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act and the Arms Act have been added in the FIR, the police said.

Meanwhile, in live video at 2 am on Thursday, the actor-turned-activist surfaces on Facebook with a video where he objected to being called traitor. Sidhu in the video went on to say that farmer leaders calling him gaddar for derailing the agitation are doing govt’s bidding; rather, they should have backed Red Fort protesters.

The Punjabi actor-turned-activist, who was chased away from Singhu border after the Red Fort violence on Republic Day, said that he’s “very much near the Delhi border” and objected to farmer leaders calling him a gaddar (traitor) for derailing the two-month-long agitation against the Centre’s farm laws.

“I’m not a gaddar. I didn’t lead people to the Red Fort. This was the decision of the public who had come all the way from Punjab to protest. Nobody was leading them,” said the 36-year-old, going live on Facebook.

He said farmer union leaders who had called him a traitor should be ashamed as they are doing the government’s bidding. “The farmer union leaders should have supported the people unfurling the farmer’s and Khalsa flag at Red Fort because it was done only and only to mark our protest in this fight. The Tricolour was not demeaned, and there was no violence till I was there. Their support for what the public did at the Red Fort would have pressurised the government to repeal the black (farm) laws,” Sidhu said.

“They should have conveyed to the government that if the farmers can reach Red Fort, they can do anything in protest,” he added.

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