The Punjabi actor turned activist Deep Sidhu earlier uploaded a video on his verified Facebook account even as teams of Delhi Police were conducting raids in Punjab to track him down. In the video, he is seen talking in Punjabi and claims he has not done anything wrong.
Sidhu is wanted in the Red fort violence case that broke out on January 26. In a 15 minute-long video message on January 31, titled ‘straight from my soul’ on his verified Facebook page, he is seen giving an emotional statement, “Despite leaving my whole life behind, I came to join the Punjabis in their protest. But nobody saw anything but I was labelled a traitor.”
“All I did was raise a voice for your rights. For so many months, I’ve been meeting everyone on the roads, in tents. Now a single man is being made a traitor,” he was heard saying. Within two hours of uploading, it was viewed 19,000 times and received 11,000 comments.
After the violence that broke out during the farmers’ tractor rally in the national capital on January 26, the Delhi Police have arrested 122 persons in various cases of rioting and causing damage to public property, besides registering 44 cases at different police stations.
On Republic Day, protestors did not follow the prearranged route and broke barricades to enter Delhi, clashed with police, and vandalised property in several parts of the national capital during the farmers’ tractor rally. They also entered the Red Fort and unfurled their flags from its ramparts. Farmers have been protesting at the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
(Inputs from IANS and ANI)