Man who raised swords to 'instigate' farmers on R-Day, arrested

By Gitanjali Mangal -- February 17, 2021 3:02 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

Violence had erupted at the Red Fort and a major clash occurred between Delhi Police and Farmers on 26th January 2020, Republic Day.

A 30-year-old man who was allegedly swinging swords that "instigated the protesters" at the Red Fort during the violence in Delhi on Republic Day has been arrested.

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In a video, Maninder, who is a car mechanic, was seen swinging two swords at the Red Fort on January 26 with "the intent to energize brutal and violent assault against the Police people on duty".

According to the police, Maninder, who runs a sword training school in his neighborhood, was radicalized by watching provoking videos on Facebook.

Image result for r day violenceThe 30-year-old was picked up last evening from a bus stop near CD block in Pitampura.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (special cell) Pramod Kumar Kushwaha said, "Subsequently two swords (khandas) used by the accused in Red Fort has been recovered from his house in Swaroop Nagar,"

Adding, "A long video of him swinging swords at Red Fort has been found from his mobile phone. Further interrogation of the accused is in process,"

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They also said, "Maninder had motivated six other people from his neighborhood to join the tractor rally on January 26."

"Maninder's sword dancing had motivated violent protestors to cause more mayhem at the Red Fort by indulging in violence against the public servants including the policemen and causing damage to historic Red Fort," DC Kushwaha stated.

Farmers have been protesting at Delhi borders. Despite 11 rounds of meeting between the protesting farmers and the Centre, no conclusion has come out so far. No date has been fixed for the next meeting.

The farmers have been protesting against the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

-PTC News
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