On January 26, thousands of protesting farmers who reached ITO from the Ghazipur border clashed with police, the agency claimed in its FIR registered in connection with the Red Fort violence, adding that many of them driving tractors reached the Red Fort and entered the monument, where a religious flag was also hoisted.
A Delhi court Saturday granted bail to Punjabi actor-activist Deep Sidhu, arrested in connection with the violence at Red Fort on Republic Day, saying that the prosecution had sought to make an example of him since he was popular, but that this “hazards a failure of justice”, and that his continued detention was infringement of his right to life and liberty.
But few hours later, the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch arrested Sidhu over the charge of damaging the monument. In the bail order, Special Judge Neelofer Abida Perveen said it would “violate and infringe the fundamental right to life and liberty as guaranteed to the accused-applicant” if he is denied bail on the nature of accusations and material alone, with the police yet to identify the thousand-plus people who had been part of the mob at Red Fort. Sidhu has been under arrest since February 9.
The court added that the police have seized the clothes and a vehicle used by Sidhu to reach the spot, and “further incarceration for the sole purpose of voice sampling is not justifiable”.